Police officer tried to “bug” Speakers chambers: Nasheed

Former President and Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed | Photo: Mihaaru

Male’, Maldives – Speaker of Parliament, Former President Mohamed Nasheed has told that an attempt to ‘bug’ his chambers was made by an officer of Maldives Police Service.

While speaking at today’s parliament session, Speaker Nasheed told that an attempt to place devices to listen to conversations of a parliament committee, deputy speakers chambers and the speakers chambers had been brought to the attention of the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Parliament.

He told that an officer from the Maldives Police Service (MPS) had contact a security staff of the parliament to place these devices. According to Speaker Nasheed, the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Parliament was informed of this attempt by the security personnel of the parliament, whom the MPS officer had contacted.

“The person from the police contacted a female security officer of the parliament. And she had professionally handled the matter and did her job accordingly [stating that she had reported it to the Sergeant-at-Arms] to the parliament. I would like to thank her,” Speaker Nasheed said.

Speaker Nasheed said that he did not wish to report the case to the police but the matter would be looked in to by the Sergeant-at-Arms. He has also sent the case to the parliament committee on security services.