Maldives blogger stabbed to death

Maldives blogger stabbed to death

SAM Staff,

A prominent Maldivian blogger, who was critical of extremism and government corruption, was stabbed to death on Sunday, police said, and the main opposition party demanded an international probe into the killing.

All three surviving former Maldivian presidents have called for an open and fair investigation into the murder of social media activist and blogger Yameen Rasheed.

Social media activist Yameen Rasheed was stabbed 14 times in the chest and once each in the neck and face, local media reported.

“He was stabbed to death early in the morning and we are investigating the matter,” police spokesman Ahmed Shifan said.

The government in a statement condemned the killing and said President Abdulla Yameen had instructed state agencies to bring the perpetrators of “this heinous act to justice”.

Rasheed had received death threats, mainly after he posted criticism of radical Islam, his close friends told Reuters.

The 29-year-old blogger worked as a computer programmer and software developer at the Maldives Stock Exchange and identified himself as “disobedient writer” in social media. He ran a website called The Daily Panic.