Maldives’ home minister quizzed in case involving attack on former president

Maldives’ Home Minister Imran Abdulla was on Saturday questioned by a parliament committee, which initiated an inquiry in connection to the case of the failed assassination bid on the country’s former president Mohammed Nasheed last month

Jun 19, 2021
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Maldives’ Home Minister Imran Abdulla

Maldives’ Home Minister Imran Abdulla was on Saturday questioned by a parliament committee, which initiated an inquiry in connection to the case of the failed assassination bid on the country’s former president Mohammed Nasheed last month.  

Nasheed, who is currently the speaker of the country’s parliament, was the target of a remote-controlled bomb in capital Male’ City on May 6. He had just left his house and was about to get into his car when a bomb attached to a motorbike exploded.

Parliament’s committee on national security services, who launched the inquiry on May 24, has so far questioned many officials, including senior government officials –both former and current- as well as officers of the Maldives Police Service and Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF), despite their reluctance for individual questioning. 

As such, officers from the former president’s Special Protection Group (SPG) have been questioned as well as some officers from his “close protection team” appointed by MNDF.

The country’s intelligence chief and other ministers had also been questioned by the committee. 

The committee is working to conclude the inquiry and forward the report to the parliament floor by the end of June.

(SAM)

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