President orders to review laws to improve security to heads of Legislative and Judicial branches

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih | Photo: MDP

Malé, Maldives – President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has ordered Attorney General to review the current laws under which security and protection is given to Speaker of Parliament and Chief Justice of Maldives.

According to Presidents Office, President Solih has told Attorney General to review the current laws and if it is not possible within the current legal framework, then to submit a new bill to parliament to ensure that security and protection is at maximum level to the heads of all branches of government.

While President Solih has shared the details of this with the cabinet during the online cabinet meeting held today, president has also ordered an intelligence audit and security assessment regarding the May 6 terror attack against the Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed.

An IED explosion went off around 20:20 on 6 May leaving Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed critically injured while he was getting in to his car near his house, G. Kenereege, Malé City. In addition to him, 3 more people were also been reported to be injured from the explosion including the Speaker’s bodyguards and bystanders.

Nasheed was brought in with heavy bleeding, and both internal and external shrapnel injuries. Ball bearings were found in Nasheed’s chest, near the heart. Injuries caused by these projectiles caused life threatening damage to the chest area. Nasheed endured major injury to the fourth rib, with a blade going through a lung. A projectile also went through his intestine with another near his liver. Nasheed is currently being treated at the Critical Care Unit of ADK hospital in Malé.

Three suspects have been arrested thus far are:

  • Adhuham Ahmed Rasheed, 25 years old, V. Thinadhoo
  • Mujaaz Ahmed, 21, Ma. Feyruge, Malé
  • Thahumeen Ahmed, 32, Folheymaage, GA.Kondey

Speaking at the remand hearing on May 9, both Adhuham and Mujaaz said that they had no involvement in the blast and there were no further comments on the matter.

Thahumeen also denied the charges and also told the court that the motorcycle used in the blast did not belong to him, although the documents submitted by police to the court state otherwise.

While the three suspects have been remanded for 15 days by criminal court, terrorism charges have been brought upon all three. On the remand verdict, Judge Adam Mohamed had stated that there was enough evidence against all three for hearing the case.

Speaking in an address to the nation following the incident on May 6, 2021, President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed 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.