Maldives Police Service says no suspects have been arrested yet in relation to the brutal murder of prominent social media activist and blogger Yameen Rasheed.
Investigations are underway as the country and the international community continues to grieve murder of Rasheed, who has been described as a champion of free speech and human rights.
Police media officer told VNews on Monday that no suspects have been arrested thus far. He said that the case is being taken very seriously and that the institution would issue a statement very soon.
Yameen was found stabbed multiple times in the chest, neck and head near the staircase of his home in Male’ in the early hours of Sunday morning.
He succumbed to injuries few hours later at state-run Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital.
Police handed over Rasheed’s body to his family after taking samples for investigation.
Thousands attended the funeral, held after Asr prayer, on Sunday.
It is noteworthy that Rasheed was a close friend of Minivan News journalist Ahmed Rilwan, who has been missing for almost a 1000 days. Like Rilwan, Rasheed too received several death threats, which were reported to police. However, many are accusing the police of failing to investigate the threats and give him necessary protection.
While the government and authorities are under severe scrutiny in relation to the threats against activities and media personnel, Amnesty international said Rasheed’s death should be a wake-up call for authorities to take such issues seriously.
“The government should investigate the police’s failure to protect Yameen Rasheed’s life, and urgently implement lessons to ensure that such attacks are not repeated. Police must ensure that all threats are investigated and that those who need it receive protection,’’ Amnesty International said.
The blogger was a vocal critic of the Yameen administration and addresses several issues in the country, including social issues, in his writing.