New Delhi: The father of a prominent Maldivian blogger murdered last month wants India`s help to ensure justice for his son.
“I want India to press the (Maldives) government to make my son`s murder case investigation go for a fair trial,” Hussain Rasheed, father of Yameen Rasheed who ran a popular blog called The Daily Panic that poked fun at politicians of his country, told IANS during a visit here.
Yameen, who was known for his fight for democracy and human rights, was found dead in his apartment in Male with multiple stab wounds on April 23.
This was the latest in a series of attacks on media persons and politicians critical of the government of President Abdulla Yameen ever since then-President Mohamed Nasheed controversially resigned in February 2012 following a mutiny by a large number of army and police personnel.
Yameen was also very vocal about the disappearance of fellow blogger and best friend Ahmed Rilwan since August 2014 and was getting threats. He approached the police in December last year but had to really push to get his concerns registered.
He is the third media person to be attacked in the last five years. In 2012 another blogger, Ismail Rasheed, narrowly escaped death after a knife attack.
Also, in October 2012, reformist religious scholar and Member of Parliament Afrasheem Ali was killed.
Painting a grim picture of the prevailing situation in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation which is faced with growing Islamic radicalisation, the senior Rasheed said that the current government of Abdulla Yameen did not enjoy much public support.
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