Exposing the murderers and the ideology that killed Yameen Rasheed

Sources inside the secular movement in the country have managed to leak information out of the Maldives Police Service this week about the persons arrested in the murder investigation of our friend Yameen Rasheed. Meanwhile, the police have done everything possible to hide the identities of those arrested. Instead, the police has issued the following statement;

C_3WFVCUwAAsOHc.jpgPlease note that the 7th person that was arrested was a lawyer whom the police claimed was arrested for “obstruction” to the investigation. The press release below was the initial announcement of the arrests of the suspects. The Press release above was made after the lawyer was detained.

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This is the CCTV footage that the Police made public.

The names of the people that were arrested (not including the lawyer) are;

Mohammed Difraan (A298924)
Age: 23
Sindhubaadhuge
GDh. Gadhdhoo

His Facebook profile can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008892913045

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He also has a publicly available picture of himself on his Facebook:

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Ahmed Nasooh Abdulla (A318490)
Age: 23
Hikifinifenmaage
Gdh. Thinadhoo

His Facebook profile can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/ahmed.nasooh

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Mohamed Yashfau Rasheed (A363892)
Age: 25
M. Paalma Villa, Javaahiru Magu,
K. Male’

His Facebook profile can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/muhammadh.yashfau

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Hassan Shifaz (A353604)
Age: 24
M. Kudhehimaage , Kulhlhavah Goalhi
K. Male’

His Facebook profile can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010121163261

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He also has a publicly available picture of himself on his Facebook:

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Ismail Haisham Rasheed (A331415)
Age : 21
H. Annaarumaage , Muthee Goalhi,
K. Male’

His Facebook profile can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/highsome.rashyd

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And a second profile of him is found here https://www.facebook.com/highsomerashyd.maldifi

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He also has a publicly available picture of himself on his Facebook:

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And lastly, there is Ahmed Zihan Ismail. I was unable to find a Facebook profile for him or a picture. It is likely that he either has a profile under a pseudonym.

Ahmed Zihan Ismail (A342021)
Age: 22
M. Iraasmikuge , Miriyaas Magu,
K. Male

All these people hold extreme radical views when it comes to Islam. If you have a look at their Facebook profiles for their public content, in the links above, you will get a sense of their religious beliefs. For those of us who live in a small community like the Maldives, who know them personally, would also know of how they conduct themselves and about their religious beliefs.

The one thing that is interesting to note would be, some may think that they are not Islamic. To respond to that, one must under that in Islam, it is considered that a person is a Muslim as long as they don’t denounce their faith. The fact that they hang out in gangs, or may drink or do drugs, or have extramarital sex, or involve themselves in gangsterism and violence doesn’t make them any less of a Muslim. And the fact they are willing to kill in the name of Islam only goes to show how much of a radicalized individual they are.

If the Maldives Police Service and the government of Maldives are serious about combating violent Islamic extremism in the country, they should come clean about the ideology that has motivated these people to kill Yameen Rasheed or be involved in the conspiracy to commit the crime.  It is my belief they these people should be allowed to make public statements about their motivations, and why they believed Yameen Rasheed’s life had to be ended so brutally. The Maldives Police Service should show the public in the own words of the killers their motivations. The Islamic Ministry should also condemn the violence and the ideology of the violence. If not they are all part of the problem. Without acknowledging and taking ownership of the issue, we would never be able to combat this sick cancer that plague our society.

Before the investigation can be deemed as concluded, and more importantly, the police should also investigate, the network of extremists in the country, those who fund such religiously motivated attacks and murders, and those that have given the orders to kill. Without this, we can also assume that the Maldives Police Service and the government as a dishonest and complicit party in the extremist activities going on in the country. 

Moderate Muslims in the country who believe killing in the name of religion is wrong, and seek to co-exist in harmony with others, who value universal concepts of human rights, democracy, and rule of law, should also raise their voices in an effort to try and change the direction our country is heading. If you don’t do that, you are all complicit in the murder of Yameen Rasheed by virtue of your endorsement of the ideology that killed Yameen.

If we as a country don’t do this now, it’s going to be too late and we will have more deaths with their blood on your hands. If you are comfortable with that Idea, do nothing. And nothing will change.

I would like to have faith in humanity to be moral humans who will look out for our common humanity and future. All this remains to be seen as how things are allowed to unfold.

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