MayTerrorAttack: Three suspects to be prosecuted next week

MP of Villifushi Constituency Hassan Afeef | photo: Parliament

Malé, Maldives – The “May 6 Committee” of MDP on Thursday night, announced referring to statements from the Minister of Home Affairs Imran Abdullah, that cases of the arrested suspects of the May terror attack, will be sent to the PG Office for prosecution next week.

The “May 6” Committee was created by the MDP National Council to monitor the inquiry work on the terror attack against former President and Current Speaker of the Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed on May 6.

Speaking at last night’s MDP National Council meeting, Chairperson of May 6 Committee and MP of Villifushi Constituency Hassan Afeef said that experts from the Office on Drugs and Crime of the United Nations were present in Maldives during the terror attack and that Home Minister Imran said that they got started on the case immediately.

8 people have been arrested in relation the terror attack so far, all of them indicating radicalisation. Minister Imran also added that they are preparing to raise charges against the suspects on the 20th of this month, according to MP Afeef.

MP Afeef said that they noted from the meeting with Home Minister Imran that Maldives Police Service had not received any intel prior to the terror attack. He added that ordinary people were not involved in the attack and that it was carried out by extremists of the highest level.

The Committee previously raised concerns as the actual perpetrators of the attack have not yet been found. The people who planned the attack or those who funded it have not yet been found. The committee also raised questioned as to why the security forces of the country had not received any intel prior to such a big 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.