MayTerrorAttack: PG himself to represent the state

Prosecutor General Hussain Shameem and President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih | Photo: President's Office

Malé, Maldives – President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has revealed that Prosecutor General Hussain Shameem himself would be representing the state in the case against the suspects arrested over the terror attack against Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed.

Speaking at Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s National Council meeting going on tonight, President Solih told that a special team had been formed to try the case against the suspected terrorist who attempted to assassinate Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Nasheed.

President Solih also told that a full investigation will be carried out in to the matter and gave the guarantee that everyone who was involved would be brought to justice.

He also added that he has ordered an intelligence audit and security assessment of both Maldives Police Service and Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) as he believes that security and intelligence procedures needed to be revised.

President also revealed that he had ordered to prepare a detailed report of security measures taken to all those who are being provided security from the state and that the report on Speaker Nasheed’s security would be received tonight.

While Maldives Police and MNDF has come under public scrutiny after stating that they had not gotten any prior intelligence reports on the matter, CP Hameed told that there was major room for improvement within the state to share information and the an ‘autopsy’ in to why police had not received intelligence regarding such an attack would be carried out. 

Chief Shamaal told that intelligence information is being received constantly and is dynamic and that they continuously act on intelligence inputs in making decisions. He further added that the procedures, training and education of the armed forces have been revised and capacity development has been increased drastically in order to accommodate such changing conditions in which they had to work. 

Speaking at a press conference held today, Commissioner of Police Hameed said religious extremism have been observed from the backgrounds of the remanded suspects and that Adhuham, one of the suspects have also tried to change his appearance by getting a haircut and trimming beard. It was also revealed that all three have criminal records. 

Assistant Commissioner of Police Mohamed Riyaz also noted that Mujaaz, who was one of the arrested earlier today, was brought into custody after a search was conducted of his residence. 

He added that police suspect him of some involvement in the matter but the extent of involvement is hard to say looking at the current investigations. Both of the individuals arrested yesterday have a criminal record according to Riyaz, who did not reveal the said crimes.

The explosion which went off around 20:20 on Thursday night left Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed injured while he was getting in to his car near his house, G. Kenereege, Malé City. In addition to him, five more people have also been reported to be injured from the explosion.

The bomb contained bearing balls which in order to increase the impact of the explosion. Doctors retracted 11 such projectiles from Speaker Nasheed’s body.

During a press conference held on May 8, 2021, Chief of Defence Force, Major General Abdulla Shamaal told that the IED was an improvised one which was controlled remotely and set off as Speaker Nasheed was about to get in to his car on May 6, 2021. 

He also added that the IED was several times stronger than the one which was set off at Sultan Park in 2007 and also revealed that last nights one had ball bearings inside as shrapnel to increase the damage caused. 

Major General Abdulla Shamaal also added that MNDF had requested relevant authorities to remove the motorcycles being part at Neelofaru Road where Speaker Nasheed’s home is located amid security assessments done by MNDF. 

He also told that MNDF leadership believed that there was a hand of any MNDF personnel involved in the attack and that no such information was received so far as well. Chief Shamaal also commended the response of the Special Protection Group (SPG) personnel who were giving protection to Speaker Nasheed following the blast last night.

Speaking in an address to the nation following the incident on May 6, 2021, President Solih told that the perpetrators would face the full force of the law and that the government would take every necessary measure to ensure the safety and security of the people.