No financial transaction related to MayTerrorAttack found: 241 Committee report

Mohamed Aslam, 241 Committee | Photo: Fayaaz Moosa

Malé, Maldives – The 241 Committee report of their investigation into the terror attack against Former President and current Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed on May 6, stated that they have not found any suspicious financial transactions related to the attack, within the banking system.

The inquiry report compiled by the Parliament’s Committee on National Security Services (241 Committee) was publicized yesterday after redacting confidential information regarding national security.

The committee in their investigation into the security breach of the Former President, stated that they have not found any suspicious financial transactions related to any of the suspects of the terror attack and that the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) has not noted any suspicious transactions during those days.

The report stated that the FIU regularly shares information on flagged transactions to Maldives Police Service and that the investigative authority further looks into the matter.

In addition to this, the parliamentary committee stated that such financial transactions relating to terrorism are not done through the official financial system, and that another external system is being used. They noted the several concerns of such illegal transactions being done through an external banking system.

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, three more people were 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.

To date, eight people have been arrested in relation the terror attack, with 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