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Commission announces conclusion of certain murder cases

Mariyam Malsa
19 March 2019, MVT 20:11
President of the Commission on Investigation of Murders and Enforced Disappearances, Husnu al-Suood. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/ MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
19 March 2019, MVT 20:11

President of the Commission on Investigation of Murders and Enforced Disappearances, Husnu al-Suood, on Tuesday, stated that some of the high profile cases assigned to the commission for investigation are successfully completed.

Husnu Al Suood did not specify which cases had been solved.

Despite the successful resolution of the cases, Suood stated that the commission faced obstacles due to lack of support from the judiciary system.

A key difficulty Suood highlighted was the regulation in the Criminal Procedure Code stipulating that only testimonies received by the investigative body could be submitted to courts as evidence. Suood did not mention how the legal proceedings of solved cases would be carried out.

The findings of the investigative body will be conveyed to the families of the victims. This information will also be made public after a report is submitted to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

On December 19, 2018, the commission announced their goal of concluding all investigations within a three-month period.

High-profile cases assigned to the commission include the murder of Ungoofaaru Parliamentarian, Dr Afrasheem Ali, the murder of blogger Yameen Rasheed and the abduction of Journalist Ahmed Rilwan.

While a connection between the three cases was previously announced, no updates have been provided to the public.

President Solih formed the Presidential Commission on Investigation of Murders and Enforced Disappearances on November 17, 2018. It holds the same powers as investigative authorities and is mandated to solve cold cases dating from January 1, 2012, onwards.

The commission is probing a total of 24 cold cases, with the aid of foreign experts.

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