Housing Minister summoned to 241 Committee inquiry

Minister of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure Mohamed Aslam | photo: Parliament

Malé, Maldives – Minister of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure Mohamed Aslam has been summoned to the Parliamentary Committee on National Security over the ongoing parliamentary investigation into the security breach of Former President and Current Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed during the terror attack on May 6.

The Parliamentary authority tweeted stating that the Minister was summoned to the committee for questioning over as part of the ongoing investigation on the Speaker Nasheed’s security breach. Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed was also previously summoned to the committee for the same purpose. CP Hameed was the first person to be summoned for questioning over the case.

While Maldives Police Service had agreed to allow for individual officers to be summoned to the committee, Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) had decided against letting individual officers attend the Committee for questioning. They stated that any required information will be given by the authority itself.

The police is currently investigating the cause behind the attack on the Former President. 4 individuals have been arrested so far, all of them indicating radicalisation. The Parliamentary Committee is investigating into the security breach of the Speaker following the terror attack.

Speaker Nasheed still remains in Germany after he was released from the German medical hospital on May 21, where he went for recovery and rehabilitation for the injuries suffered in the May 6, 2021 assassination attempt on him. According to his family, he will remain in Germany for a month before returning back to Maldives. 

Speaker Nasheed was treated at the Critical Care Unit of ADK hospital in Malé until he was airlifted to Germany on May 13, 2021 for recovery and rehabilitation. Parliament had previously revealed that Speaker Nasheed’s medical expenses in Germany is being covered by Honorary Consul of Maldives in Germany, Christian Von Stetten.

The 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.