Two eyewitnesses in Hulhumalé have reported seeing a man in dark clothes being forced into a vehicle at knifepoint outside Rilwan’s apartment at around 2am. Ahmed Rilwan was last seen boarding the 1am ferry to Hulhumale on August 8.
“The death threats are being issued to Honourable Gasim Ibrahim by those displeased with his efforts in the People’s Majlis, the media, and various other arenas for the benefit and wellbeing of the Maldivian people,” said the Jumhooree Party.
“The people of Maldives are not allowed to express or assemble freely, which is a fundamental right they are taking away from them,” argued Shahinda Ismail, urging changes to the freedom of association laws.
A 16-point guideline imposed by the Supreme Court on the Elections Commission in a controversial judgment annulling the first round of last year’s presidential election should be incorporated into electoral laws, Attorney General Mohamed Anil has said.
Today’s sitting of parliament was meanwhile adjourned after MDP MPs raised consecutive points of order contending that the committee completed its review with unprecedented and undue haste after ignoring the views of opposition MPs.
The police were unable to offer new information on the ninth day of Minivan News journalist Ahmed Rilwan’s disappearance. The PPM and President’s Spokesperson have expressed concern over the case, while the MDP called on the UN to pressure the government to conduct a speedy and thorough investigation.
An additional agreement was made to provide the Maldives Police Service with 150 motorcycles, while the grant aid – equivalent to MVR250 million or US$16 million – is to be used for developmental projects in the Maldives.
After walking out of a committee meeting last week, JP Leader Gasim Ibrahim assured cooperation for continuing the review process at a meeting held last night to resolve the impasse while the opposition MDP continues protests against passing the bill in its current form.
Missing Minivan News journalist Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla has been seen on CCTV footage from the Hulhumalé ferry terminal in Malé at 12:45 am on August 8. He was seen wearing black shirt, black trousers, white soled shoes, and carrying a black backpack.