The opposition alliance’s presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said that he will find out and announce what happened to Minivan news journalist Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla on the first day of his presidency.
Solih said this while speaking to the people of Kaashidhoo on his campaign trip to the island with running mate Faisal Naseem.
Solih said that the people of every single island he visited had beseeched to establish justice in the country. In an opposition government, people will be given justice and treated fairly, he said.
Speaking about the people that were treated unfairly and were never given justice, Solih stated that Rilwan’s mother Aminath Easa, hailing from Kaashidhoo, is also among those that had never received justice.
Solih said that in his presidency he would find out what happened to Rilwan and publicize that information.
“I have repeatedly said, and am again assuring Rilwan’s mother and family, and other families that had gone through such circumstances, that we will find the truth behind Rilwan’s disappearance and the truth behind other such cases, and publicize the information on the first day of presidency”, Solih said.
Meanwhile ‘Reporters Without Borders’, an organization advocating for the right of freedom of expression, has also called on the presidential candidates to re-investigate the cases of Rilwan and social media activist Yameen Rasheed, who was found brutally murdered on April 23, 2017. Solih had responded to their call saying that he would carry out another investigation into the cases.
Solih also noted that Kaashidhoo is the second island that both the presidential candidate and running mate could visit together.
Solih assured the people of Kaashidhoo that he would solve the issues that they are currently facing, including building a new school and aiding the farmers of the island. Kaashidhoo will be developed according to the wishes of the people, he said.
“We will upgrade the health centre, provide all necessary facilities and ensure the people receive good medical treatment in the island. We will, by God’s Grace, build a new school and make sure that all children have the opportunity to obtain a good education in the island”, Solih said.
The opposition candidate pair had visited 187 islands out of the 189 inhabited islands in the country. The two islands which neither candidate have yet visited are R. Meedhoo and F. Dharanboodhoo.