“Not all crimes in the world are solvable”: Home minister says on Rilwan’s disappearance

Comparing Minivan News journalist Ahmed Rilwan’s disappearance with the killing of American President John F. Kennedy, Home Minister Umar Naseer today said, “not all crimes in the world are solvable.”

“Americans still have not solved the case of who shot and killed President John F. Kennedy,” speaking at a press conference this evening.

“I’m talking about the shooting and killing of an American president. It has been more than 50 years since American citizens have been asking, who killed Kennedy?”

According to five different investigations, former Marine Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

“Not every crime is solvable. And when a crime remains unsolved, it does not mean police were negligent. We are doing all we can in Rilwan’s case. We will not leave any stone unturned.”

Today marks the 90th day since Rilwan disappeared. Eyewitness accounts suggest Rilwan was abducted at knifepoint outside his apartment at 2am on August 8. He has not been seen or heard from since.

Despite acknowledging involvement of criminal gangs in Rilwan’s disappearance, Naseer today said it is unclear if Rilwan’s disappearance constitutes a crime. The government can only know if he had voluntarily left, disappeared or been abducted once he is found, he said.

“America is a much bigger country than ours. Statistics show over 600 people went missing this year. They have better resources, a bigger budget, but they are unable to find [the missing people]. It is not so easy to find a missing person. Not every crime can be solved,” he continued.

“We can only know if it’s a crime when it is solved. God willing, Rilwan will be found. When he is found, we will know if he went missing, or whether it’s a voluntary disappearance, an enforced disappearance or an abduction,” Naseer added.

Naseer claimed the Maldives Police Service is continuing investigations, and is analysing 22,000 phone records and 4,000 hours of CCTV footage.

The opposition has wrongfully termed Rilwan’s case a “disappearance,” Naseer continued claiming “it is too early to call it a [disappearance].”

Rilwan’s family last week accused the police of negligence and filed a complaint with the Police Integrity Commission (PIC).

“If the abduction had been investigated immediately at the right time, the police would have been able to find the victim and clarify if it is our brother or not,” Rilwan’s sister Mariyam Fazna told the press last week.

Despite eyewitnesses having reported the abduction at knifepoint at 2am on August 8, police only took eyewitnesss statements on August 14, the family said. The police had also failed to track down and search the car used in the abduction.

The police only searched Rilwan’s apartment 29 hours after the abduction was reported and searched his office 11 days afterwards. The police also failed to make a public announcement on Rilwan’s disappearance – despite a request by the family – and did not inform the public on how to act if they had any information related to the case, the family explained further.

Four men have been arrested over Rilwan’s disappearance, but only one man remains in custody at present. The police have revealed few details on the case.

The People’s Majlis last week threw out a 5055 signature petition urging MPs to pressure police for a through and speedy investigation. The parliament secretariat later admitted the rejection was “a mistake,” according to MP Imthiyaz Fahmy who sponsored the petition.

Human rights NGO Maldivian Democracy Network released a report in September implicating radicalised gangs in Rilwan’s disappearance.

Discounting theories of voluntary disappearance and suicide, the investigation – conducted by Glasgow-based Athena Intelligence and Security – concludes the disappearance is likely to have been an abduction.

The report confirmed evidence of possible “hostile surveillance” at the terminal conducted by two known affiliates of Malé based Kuda Henveiru gang.

The NGO on October 23 accused the police of negligence in investigating the disappearance for their failure to inform the public on progress and failure to confirm if the abduction reported on the night Rilwan went missing was related to his disappearance.


14 thoughts on ““Not all crimes in the world are solvable”: Home minister says on Rilwan’s disappearance”

  1. That's what you hope for... especially when it comes to the crimes you planned and executed.

    You will not escape. No matter where in the world you try to hide in, we will eventually bring you to justice. Tell your gang muscle that too.

    PS: If you knew anything about modern history, you'd know it was the conservatives, who paid for Oswald to do the job (much like how you suckered Humaam into giving a confession so you can get rid of him and wipe the blood off your hands).

  2. So now he is blaming Americans for his incompetence. Because some country somewhere had unsolved crimes it is quite OK for him to have a police force which cannot solve crimes. And Umar should get more information about Kennedy's assassination.

  3. Xenophobia, which is rampantly growing within the Maldives, was taken to a brand new height, with this policy.

    Such Hypocrites!!! For their Tourism top dollar revenue, they desperately needs foreigners - white or yellow or brown or black...

    For expats working here, the sick mind gets to work....

    God bless Maldives - just a matter of time , before the country goes to the dogs with such hypocrisy , deceit, greed , corruption and extremism.

  4. @ Samaritan

    Maldives employees more foreigners than locals yet some people have the audacity to call Maldivians Xenophobic..

    Thank you for democracy and freedom of expression.

  5. On Xenophobia (not related issue but)

    … try applying for a job in another country vs in Maldives and see what real xenophobic means.
    We are talking about a country that favors foreign professionals over its own rightful citizens.

  6. Yes, Americans disappear too. Umar needs to study basic arithmetic first.

    North America has a population of > 300 million people. It's almost an entire continent by itself. Umar claims 600 disappearances.

    Compare and contrast that with the Maldives. Population is around 300,000. Land mass is negligible and 1 disappearance that's still a "mystery".

    Can Umar work out the differences between these two? I don't think he can.

  7. This man is living in his own world of crazy ideas.which probably he import from google.His nationalist poison filled rhetoric is manna to the ears for ignorant fisher folks.Few of his gang friends consider him as the general Mcathur.But the educated intelligentsia of this country knows this man as nothing but horse crap.Now he is talking about forcing parteys to pray and fast and repent with a thingee he saw in google called MONICON.This spineless (no pun intended)man changed his narrative when he received his first paycheck of 50k

  8. He means .... “All the crimes in the Mars and the rest of the planets are solvable”. Guess the problem is with the world we live in... now this is "Alarm"ing

  9. It is the same as JFK. Both cases had government officials involved in the murder in question,impossible to solve since it would mean incriminating themselves.

    I'm sure China will sort everything.


  10. @waste of time: That story will be silenced, and #wakeupnow will continue to lick China's boots for money.


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