Nasheed denies Government involvement in MayTerrorAttack

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (M), First Lady Fazna Ahmed (R) and Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed (L) arriving at the parliament | Photo: Nishan Ali

Malé, Maldives – Former President and Current Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed on Monday night, said that he does not believe that the government was involved in the terror attack against him on May 6.

Nasheed’s supporters highly criticised the government, accusing them of being involved in the terror attack against the Speaker on May 6, following certain aspects of the attack uncovered by the investigation. However, Speaking on the “Ask Speaker” programme last night, Nasheed said that he does not believe that the government might have been involved.

I do not believe at all, that the attack was given with the involvement of the government. The citizens know that I am the government. It is very difficult to believe that the government was involved.

Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed

In addition to this, Speaker Nasheed said that merely arresting those who actively took part in the attack does not suffice and that the ones who planned and funded the attack must be found.

Nasheed added that it will be very difficult for him to normally live in Malé if the aforementioned parties have not been found and arrested. He also said that the government and the relevant authorities will be highly criticised if they are unable to get to the bottom of the attack.

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 the Speaker, 3 more people were also been reported to be injured from the explosion including the Speaker’s bodyguards and bystanders.

Nasheed was taken to ADK 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.

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 are being covered by Honorary Consul of Maldives in Germany, Christian Von Stetten.

8 people have been arrested in relation the terror attack so far, all of them indicating radicalisation. Maldives Police Service, Parliamentary 241 Committee and the MDP May 6 Committee as well as other authorities are currently investigating into the case.