Prosecuting General Shiyam is a political attack: Jameel

Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed | Photo: Minivan News Archive

Male’, Maldives –The former Vice President of Maldives, Dr. Mohamed Jameel states that the Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) request to prosecute former Chief of Defense Force, Major General Ahmed Shiyam was a political attack against the officers who spent their lives serving the country.

While ACC requested to prosecute General Shiyam, Jameel questioned about what happened to the bigger corruption issues such as the ventilator corruption if they are sending General Shiyams issue to be prosecuted. He also questioned as to how the corruption charges ACC proved against the Speaker of parliament, Mohamed Nasheed was not looked into as how General Shiyam’s case is.

This is a political attack given to the officers who spent their lives serving the country.

Former VP Jameel stated.

ACC requested PG to prosecute General Shiyam following investigations into General Shiyam using the Coast Guard building in Villimalé for his personal purposes from 2017 onwards to accommodate his father.

ACC stated that the points that were noted from the investigation include accommodating General Shiyam’s father in the VIP building of MRCC from 18 July 2017 till 11 December 2018 although the rules clearly state that no member of the public is allowed to live in the building and even in the VIP area of the building.

ACC noted that this act was done by taking advantage of the fact that he was a government employee or of his high position to accommodate a member of the public who is not entitled to the benefits from a place that is taken care of by the state.

In addition to this, ACC also found out that an MNDF officer was kept at the VIP facility to look after General Shiyam’s sickly father and stated that under no circumstance, no high-ranking officer can instruct another officer to look after a commoner unless it concerns services related to the general public, under the officer’s official responsibilities and duties.