A 29-year-old man from Malé and a 31-year-old man from Hulhumalé have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of Minivan News journalist Ahmed Rilwan.
Both men were apprehended under a court order; however, police are yet to reveal further details.
Police on Saturday confirmed that Rilwan’s disappearance is linked to the abduction that took place on the night he disappeared, adding that evidence indicates local criminal gang, Kuda Henveryru Gan's involvement in the disappearance.
Most of the information shared by the police only confirmed speculations in the media.
Superintendent of Police Abdulla Shatheeh said that on the night Rilwan disappeared, he was followed by members of the criminal gang. He also said that hair strands found in the trunk of the car used in the 8th August 2014 abduction, were tested and matched Rilwan’s mother’s DNA.
During the press conference police shared video footage that show Rilwan being followed in Male’ on the night of his disappearance. One of the men who followed him was identified as Mohamed Suaid of Athiriaage, S.Hithadhoo, who according to police is no longer in the country.
Investigations into claims that a man was abducted and taken away in a red car near Rilwan’s house in Hulhumale’, led police to a car registered to Ahmed Aalif Raoof of H. Hilton, Male’, who is also no longer in the country.
Shatheeh said that police cannot confirm if Rilwan is alive or dead and added that some people had tried to make a fake passport of Rilwan to make it look like he left the country.
Police also confirmed that 1:15am, August 8 was the last time Rilwan’s phone was active.
Although 5 people, including Suaid, were arrested in connection with the case, court had released them, said Shatheeh. It should be noted that police never arrested owner of the car, Aalif.
Rilwan was last seen on the night of August 8, 2014. Wednesday marks the 606th day since his disappearance.