Maldives journo killed by Islamist militants | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 03, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:35 AM, September 03, 2019

Maldives journo killed by Islamist militants

An abducted Maldivian journalist was murdered by Islamist militants, a panel investigating deaths and disappearances under the previous government said, in remarks that were critical of former president Abdulla Yameen. Ahmed Rilwan, a journalist for the Maldives Independent who wrote about corruption and Islamist militancy, was abducted in August 2014, a year after Yameen was elected. Journalists and rights groups in the tropical archipelago say Rilwan’s criticism of the government and radical Islam could have made him a target. Husnu Suood, the head of a Presidential Commission on Investigation of Murders and Enforced Disappearances, said his panel had received witness accounts from those directly involved in his murder.

 

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