Police takes Commission investigations to sea

Police takes Commission investigations to sea

Maldives Police Service launched operations at sea as part of the presidential Commission on Investigation of Murders and Enforced Disappearances' probe.

Although Police have yet to disclose any details confirming their marine investigations, A SWAT team disembarked on a special operations launch from the number one jetty earlier Wednesday.

A report compiled by the Commission on Investigation of Murders and Enforced Disappearances revealed that missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan was murdered by extremists affiliated with the militant multi-national extremist organization, al-Qaeda.

According to the report, Rilwan was abducted near his apartment in reclaimed suburb Hulhumale', forced into a car and transferred to a fishing vessel in a dinghy.

The report further stated that the owner of the vessel is Mohamed Raashid from Maavadiaage in Ukulhas, Alif Alif Atoll, while Ahmed Agleel from Gurahaage, Feydhoo in Seenu Atoll made the arrangements for the vessel.

Police inspected Ageel's residences and shop on Tuesday night as part of the special investigation which commenced earlier that day, regarding the commission's probe.

Last night alone, authorities examined eight residences in capital Male' and one house in Addu City. Another three residences in the capital are currently under inspection as well.

However, any arrests in regard to these operations have yet to be made.

"The locations and people are being investigated in accordance with implementing the court order issued upon request by the commission.

The investigations are being carried out by Police", said Chief Inspector and Spokesperson of Police Izmia Zahir.

Security in Male' and Addu City were tightened for the conduction of the special operation requested by the Presidential commission. Military personnel from Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) are also carrying out an exercise with weapons.