President Abdulla Yameen said missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan is not dead and that hopefully he would be found soon.
Speaking at Huvadhu Atoll on Tuesday, President Yameen said the reports published on media regarding his previous comments about Rilwan are misinterpreted.
President Yameen had met with the people of Madaveli and stated that the missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan was dead.
“I have seen from a media outlet, a statement from my former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb, stating that the Minivan News’ journalist Ahmed Rilwan is dead. This is indeed very sad”, President Yameen said announcing Rilwan’s death to the people of Madaveli.
However, speaking at GDh. Faresmaathodaa on Tuesday evening, President Yameen said that Rilwan is not dead and that he would hopefully be found soon. His comments while speaking at Madeveli were misinterpreted and translated wrongly by the media, he said.
“I apologize regarding statements I made about Rilwan. I wasn’t deciding whether Rilwan is dead or not as I am not responsible to legally determine the death of an individual. That will be investigated by the police. What I meant was that Adeeb’s statement is baseless and a lie. With God’ Grace Rilwan will not be dead and we will find him”, President Yameen said to the people of Madaveli.
Talking about Adeeb, President Yameen said that it is disheartening to see media reporting such statement from convicted criminals. People have to be responsible individuals at all levels, he said.
While police had investigated Rilwan’s disappearance, none of the State institutions have so far disclosed what happened to Rilwan.
Police Spokesperson Ahmed Shifan said they cannot disclose any information regarding Rilwan’s case at the moment.
President Yameen had made contrasting remarks about Rilwan on two different occasions with the latter’s disappearance reaching its fourth year mark. Rilwan was last seen on the night of August 8, 2014, at the Male’ ticket counter, taking the ferry ticket to go to Hulhumale’ around 12:45 a.m.
The scene was caught by CCTV cameras put up at the ferry terminal by Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC).