Parliament 241 Committee to probe into local news article regarding former Prez. Nasheed

Mohamed Aslam, 241 Committee | Photo: Fayaaz Moosa

Malé, Maldives – Maldives Parliament, Committee on National Security Services (241 Committee) has decided to investigate into the article written by local news “Mihaaru”.

“Mihaaru” news published a controversial article with the headline “MNDF informed Nasheed that security cannot be provided for Kenereege” providing certain security details about former President including current Speaker Mohamed Nasheed’s home and MNDF security protocols on 28 May 2021.

The 241 committee released a statement saying that the details in the news article are only provided to a specific few individuals in the defense force and is a breach in security of Speaker Nasheed and his family residing at the location.

Article 24 of the Armed Forces Act 2008 (Act No. 1/2008) prohibits the sharing of confidential information except with specific individuals as stated by the law, and in circumstances where this is not followed, the individuals may be prosecuted under the Maldives Penal Code (Law No. 6/2015).

Since this situation is considered a breach of national security, the 241 Committee states that it is their duty to investigate the matter.

The news article has been condemned by the ruling party MDP citing it as propaganda and Speaker Nasheed’s brother has called out security forces for their failure to provide the former President with the required level of security.

The IED explosion went off around 20:20 on 6 May 2021 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.