Almost four years since the disappearance of Ahmed Rilwan, the criminal court has found two suspects not guilty of abducting the Maldives Independent journalist.
The verdict was delivered at a hearing Thursday morning.
Alif Rauf and Mohamed Nooradeen were accused of forcing Rilwan into a car at knife-point outside his apartment building in Hulhumalé on August 8, 2014. Both were arrested shortly after his disappearance but freed two months later.
They remained free for the duration of the trial.
After nearly two years of denying any link between Rilwan’s disappearance and an abduction reported outside his building, police said in April 2016 that he was indeed forced into a car at knife-point.
The prosecution’s case was primarily based on DNA from a hair found inside a red car alleged to have been used in the abduction. The DNA matches that of Rilwan’s found in a toothbrush inside his apartment and his mother’s DNA.
But the defence lawyer accused the state of negligence in its investigation and contended that chain of custody for the DNA sample was not submitted.
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