The sentencing of the accused in the assassination attempt case of the Speaker of the Parliament and former President Mohammed Nasheed has been scheduled for August 31, 2023.
The IED explosion which went off around 20:20 on the night of May 6, 2021, left Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed injured while he was getting into his car near his house, G. Kenereege, Malé City. In addition to him, 3 more people have also been reported to be injured from the explosion.
During the terror attack, an IED was attached to a motorcycle parked at Neelofaru Hingun and Majeedhee Magu junction. The bomb was detonated at the moment the Former President and current Speaker Mohamed Nasheed walked towards his car.
The IED contained bearing balls which in order to increase the impact of the explosion. Doctors retracted 11 such projectiles from Speaker Nasheed’s body.
The trial of Thahmeen Ahmed, Mujaz Ahmed, Ali Haisham, Mohammed Nazim, Ishaq and Fahumee Ali, who are charged with various terrorism offences, is currently underway.
After hearings were held in the middle of last year and no hearings were held for nearly eight months, the prosecution heard the charges against the six and the opening statements were heard. The six have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Ishaq has been charged with transporting explosives, conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism and participation in the commission of an act of terrorism.
Mohammed Nazim was charged with conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism while Fahumee Ali was charged with participating in an act of terrorism.
Mujaz Ahmed was also charged with aiding and abetting the escape of a criminal and conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism.
Thahmeen Ahmed was charged with complicity in an act of terrorism, conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism, aiding and abetting the transportation of explosives, and supporting a terrorist organisation.
Ali Haisham was also charged with aiding in the transportation of explosives, conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism and participation in the commission of an act of terrorism.
At today’s hearing, presiding judge Sofwath Habeeb said a schedule of proceedings had been shared and the case would be divided into eight hearings.
Four hearings are scheduled for the prosecution, two for the defense and one for summary judgment. If the case proceeds as scheduled, a hearing will be held on August 31, 2023, the judge said.