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Commission begins investigations into unsolved murders, disappearances

21 November 2018, MVT 14:59
Commission on Investigation of Murders and Enforced Disappearance's Chair Husnu al-Suood speaks at press conference. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU
21 November 2018, MVT 14:59

The presidential Commission on Investigation of Murders and Enforced Disappearance commenced its mandate on Wednesday.

The commission's chair Husnu al-Suood pronounced that a period of twy years are allocated for the investigation of these high profile cases. Nevertheless, the former attorney general suggested that the cases will most likely be solved before the deadline.

“If God wills it, it would not even take two years as we do not wish to prolong these investigations,” said Suood. “We expect to complete the investigation well before the deadline.”

According to Suood, there are 29 cases of unsolved murders and missing persons. He confirmed that the commission would not prioritize a specific case over the other.

Furthermore, he suggested that the commission can carry out the investigations of 30-40 cases simultaneously. However, he pointed out that they do not have the power to make any arrests, although the commission can request assistance from the police.

In addition, Suood stated that accused suspects will be arrested only after proper investigation and with evidence, according to the law.

“We will not focus on individuals, but rather on the case as a whole!” said Suood.

He further assured that the commission will act according to the procedures of the criminal justice system.

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