Nasheed’s family meets with new SPG commander

Armed forces seen guarding ADK Hospital where Speaker Mohamed Nasheed is being treated following the injuries he suffered after an explosive was set off near his car on May 6, 2021 | Photo: Nishan Ali

Malé, Maldives – Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed’s family has met with the Special Protection Group (SPG) regarding Speaker Nasheed’s security, after an attempted assassination last month.

Speaker Nasheed’s younger brother, Nazim Sattar has said in an interview to news outlet “Mihaaru” that at the request of the family, a meeting has been held with SPG’s new commander Lieutenant Colonel Abdul Muiz Mustafa.

At this meeting, Speaker Naseedh’s security, as well as the security of G. Kenereegey – his residence, was discussed according to Nazim Sattar.

“Commander Muizz said that he will give his full support for this, and that he cannot comment right now on events that happened before he was in-charge”.

Nazim Sattar, younger brother of Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed

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.

SPG’s commander was changed following this attack, with Lieutenant Colonel Abdul Muiz Mustafa appointed as the commanding officer and Major Moosa Rameez appointed as the deputy commanding officer.

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.

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.