Addu City Mayor Abdulla Sodiq has said he is extremely concerned over relevant authorities ignoring ‘clear’ evidence in the brutal murder of blogger Yameen Rasheed.
Rasheed, a 29-year-old from Addu City’s Feydhoo, who poked fun at the nation's politicians on his blog The Daily Panic, was found in the stairwell of his apartment building with multiple stab wounds to his neck and chest on April 23, and died shortly after being taken to hospital.
He was reportedly stabbed 32 times, including 14 times to his chest.
Mayor Sodiq said he was saddened by Rasheed’s death, and extremely worried about relevant authority’s apparent lack of interest in the evidence which are in plain sight.
Police have promised to use all their resources in solving the case, and claimed that they have assigned the case to a special team of investigators.
Police also released photos of two suspects and claimed that they’ve identified them, but even after eight days there has been no arrests or leads.
Sodiq said that every citizen has the right to freedom of expression, and that it was not something to kill someone over.
“People have earlier been disciplined regarding religious issues. Those kinds of problems should be handled by relevant authorities. I am saddened to see a Maldives citizen and native of Addu City killed so brutally.”
Sodiq called on top State officials to stop encouraging such criminals and work to find the killers.
He said that he will help Rasheed's family in any way that he can.
Police have been facing criticism for failing to protect Rasheed, who had reported death threats against him to the police.
He was a close friend of journalist Ahmed Rilwan, who was reportedly abducted in August 2014 and has been missing ever since.