Delays in May 6 terror attack investigation contribute to impunity: Deputy Speaker

Police at the scene where an explosion took place on May 6, 2021 leaving Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed injured | Photo: Police

Malé, Maldives – The Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Maldives Eva Abdulla released a statement on the anniversary of May 6 assassination attempt of incumbent Speaker Mohamed Nasheed relaying concerns at the follow up of the event.

In a statement released today, the Deputy Speaker stated that despite the initial progress in the police investigation, it is worrying that only those accused of executing the attack on the day have been arrested.

Sponsors, mentors, handlers and others who enabled and financed the [May 6 terror attack] have not been identified.

Deputy Speaker Eva stated that the delays in the trials of the accused and the wider investigation also contribute to a climate of impunity leaving the perpetrators free to continue to “stalk our society.”

It is with dismay that I note that one of the recommendations from the Parliamentary inquiry into the bombing have been fully implemented.

Deputy Speaker Eva also noted that the delays in the investigation are undermining former President Nasheed’s ability to carry out duties as the speaker and in a political capacity.

Suspect Adhuham Ahmed Rasheed responsible for detonating IED has been convicted to 23 years in prison while others’ trial continues.

An IED explosion went off around 2020 on May 6, leaving Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed critically injured while he was getting into a car near his residence Kenereege in Galolhu, Malé. Three additional people were also injured from the explosion including the Speaker’s bodyguards and bystanders.