High Court supports lower court’s decision to extend detention of Abdulla Javid

The High Court has upheld a  Criminal Court order to extend the detention of Abdulla Javid, the son-in-law of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) Chairperson and MP ‘Reeko’ Moosa Manik.

The High Court’s ruling stated that Javid was arrested in connection with the murder of late MP and Religious Scholar Dr Afrasheem Ali, and that at police had a phone call recording as evidence to support their accusation against Javid.

The case was filed at the High Court by Javid claiming that the Criminal Court’s extension of detention order was unlawful, however,the High Court ruled that there was no reasonable ground so support this.

Police Sub-Inspector Hassan Haneef told Minivan News that police policy when providing information about Dr Afrasheem’s death was to keep all information until the next press briefing.

Commissioner of Police Abdulla Riyaz has claimed that the murder of MP for Ungoofaaru constituency Dr Afrasheem Ali was a well-planned murder and insisted it was politically motivated.

The Commissioner alleged that the assassins were offered MVR 4 million (US$260,000).

He said that 200 items were collected as forensic and digital evidence.

“Over 500 hours of CCTV footage have been analysed, more than 100 people have been interviewed and about 13,000 phone call recordings have been analysed out of which 12,000 were from one single tower,” Riyaz said.

Afrasheem was killed on October 1. His wife discovered the body lying on the staircase of their home.

Dr Afrasheem was elected to parliament in 2009 as a member of the then-opposition Dhivehi Rayithunge Party (DRP). Following the opposition’s split, Afrasheem sided with the Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, and faded into the political background.

Widely considered an Islamic moderate, Dr Afrasheem took outspoken and controversial positions on issues such as the permissibility of playing music, and praying next to the deceased.

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9 thoughts on “High Court supports lower court’s decision to extend detention of Abdulla Javid”

  1. Javid is a trusted and close Lieutenant of Ex Prez Nasheed apart from being the son-in-Law of MDP Chairman Reeko.

    Where the trail of this murder goes and where the "Order to Kill Dr. Afrasheem" originated and "who and who financed" such a large sum of money (Mrf 4 Million) is what the people of Maldives now want to find out.

    Javid on his own would not have offered such a large sum of money for this murder. Obviously there are others involved.

    According to extremely reliable sources, the plot to murder Dr Afrasheem was hatched and carried out by a very few tight group of MDP's top brass. Other senior political figures of MDP were not aware of this bloody and horrific murder carried out for political reasons.

    As sure as the day follows night, the people of this country will soon know the whole truth when all the murderers are charged in court.

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  2. That's what your kind said about that MDP activists too, Ilyas. And you do know that under islamic law, false accusations are a crime by itself. Now go ahead and repent.

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  3. @Ilyas Ahmed on Sun, 16th Dec 2012 9:12 PM

    "Javid on his own would not have offered such a large sum of money for this murder. Obviously there are others involved."

    Typical. Guilty even before he is actually charged with anything.

    What would the MDP top brass gain by murdering Dr Afrasheem? They have a lot to lose, if that turns out to be the case. On the other hand, they gain very little by the fact that Afrasheem is no longer around. Afrasheem never was any threat to any MDP brass, copper or tupperware as far as us mere mortals could see.

    But then again, mere mortals like us, do not know the inner workings of the Maldivian political class. Perhaps, "Ilyas Ahmed" knows more about that than most of us.

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  4. @ Ahmed Bin Addu Bin Suvadheeb on Mon, 17th Dec 2012 2:08 AM

    Interesting to see you come to the defense of Dr. Afrasheem's real murderers.

    It doesn't take a genius to know that an amount of MVR 4 million would not have been offered by Javid on his own. In any case the Police have more than enough forensic evidence to nail the guilty on charges of murder.

    You are asking the question what do MDP have to gain by murdering Dr. Afrasheem. Let us just say the motives will be revealed in court.

    Suffice to say that the hatred of MDP for Dr Afrasheem stems from the his time in JSC when the Judges were made permanent.

    Just be patient and wait to hear the whole story when the case goes to court. Most Maldivians are hoping for death penalty to those who ordered this murder.

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  5. The murder of Dr. Afrasheem.
    Motive : he was a too moderate scholar who voiced his opposition against the fundamentalists. Example : he said there is no prblem if a Muslim shaves his beard. Still he will be a true Muslim.
    Motive : as an MP he was a threat for the regime as they were not sure he would support their extremist views ib Majlis.
    Chance : the militia withdraw "police protection". They had all intel about his being, living, movements.
    Opportunity : he was summoned by the Islam Ministry, and forced to bow, in a public appearance on tv.
    He knew he was on their target list. "Feeling sad that some people would have misunderstood his intentions".
    Like with the attempted murder on journalist Hilaath : with regards from the sheikhs.

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  6. @Mohamed Maldivian on Mon, 17th Dec 2012 1:28 PM

    Your theory is exactly what the murderers wanted people to believe. I too initially fell for that theory.

    But concrete evidence including forensic evidence proves the identity of the real killers. Let them explain to the people why they did it before they are hanged.

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  7. " “Over 500 hours of CCTV footage have been analysed, more than 100 people have been interviewed and about 13,000 phone call recordings have been analysed out of which 12,000 were from one single tower,” Riyaz said. "

    Very typical of the voted out regime of Gayyoom! A suspect, especially not yielding to the regime is guilty and will be found guilty somehow or the other! However this is not the point.

    Is this Islamic? Spying on people! Listening to people's conversations etc., etc.

    Can forensic and digital evidence that can be manipulated at will be accepted in an Islamic State that constitute it's religion to be Islam?

    What is justice and what is injustice?

    It is said that the SO group of the Police force had 2 ongoing operations which sounds alarming too!

    Just wonder if these officers, if called by the defence be made available for cross examination in defenc? It is beyond doubt these SO officers especially are highly rated, and notorious for unconstitutional activities and behavior!

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