Government establishes anti-terrorism intelligence sharing network

Home Minister Imran Abdullah arriving to 241 Committee | Photo: Twitter

Malé, Maldives – The government of Maldives has established an intelligence sharing network according to the Anti Terrorism Act (Law no. 17/2019) effective today.

Minister of Home Affairs Imran Abdulla said that various institutions of the state are now connected through an intelligence sharing network established to share information regarding terrorist activities.

The Minister added that in addition to establishing the network, the government has established a framework to ensure safety and immediate action. The state is currently working to further enhance anti terrorism responses across institutions.

According to section 19-3(a) of the Anti terrorism Act (Law no. 17/2019), an intelligence sharing framework must be established across the institutions of the government and must be constantly monitored.

The lack of communication between government institutions and resulting intelligence gap was noted by the Maldives Parliament’s 241 committee that investigated the May 6 terror attack that critically injured former President and current Speaker Mohamed Nasheed.