Maldives Police Service on Monday issued a statement seeking the public’s assistance in investigating the brutal murder of popular social media activist and blogger, Yameen Rasheed.
The 29-year-old, from S. Feydhoo, was found, stabbed multiple times in the chest, neck and head, near the staircase of is home during the early hours of Sunday morning. He was rushed to Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital, but died shortly after.
In their statement, police urged anyone with information about the murder to come forward and contact them on 3322111 or 3322112.
“All citizens and news agencies are fervently requested to refrain from spreading misleading information on both social media and other mass media about the death of the victim which could compromise authentic information for the investigation,” the statement read.
While the entire nation and the international community is shock and mourning Yameen’s death, police said they have not arrested any suspects yet. The institution has vowed to utilise “all the resources” available to investigate the murder.
However, the institution is under fire for failing to provide protection to Yameen, who reported several death threats against him to the police and requested for protection.
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,’’ the human rights watchdog said.
The blogger was a vocal critic of the Yameen administration and addresses several issues in the country, including social issues, in his writing. He was also a close friend of missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan, who had also been received death threats before he went missing.