The Committee on National Security Services (241 Committee) unanimously passed, on Wednesday, the parliamentary inquiry report on Speaker of the People’s Majlis Mohamed Nasheed’s security breach, which resulted in the May 6 bombing.
The 241 Committee has inquired on how the attack occurred, whether there was negligence, and how to avoid a similar incident in the future.
The parliamentary inquiry, which had unanimous backing from the People’s Majlis for the first time in the country’s history, questioned more than 50 people in connection with the May 6 terror attack.
During the meeting on Wednesday, Committee head MP Mohamed Aslam stated that anything pertaining to national security had been excluded from the 241 Committee’s 236-page report. However, he said that such information would be included in the report to the President, Chief Justice, and Speaker.
Aslam further stated that the report will include 45 recommendations and cover the inquiry’s aims, scope, and objectives, as well as information concerning the events leading up to and following the attack on Speaker Nasheed.
The 241 Committee’s Main Recommendations:
- Nasheed’s residence to be guarded 24/7 by armed MNDF officers.
- An evacuation plan for Nasheed’s residence, as well as training personnel for the procedure.
- Nasheed’s conveyance to be a standard armored car.
- Nasheed’s security detail to be vetted at least once a year.
- Nasheed’s residence to be monitored using CCTV cameras.
- Take action against those who are found to be negligent or who have failed to perform their duties efficiently.
- Law changes to modernize the country’s armed services.
- Appointment of a national security advisor.
- Compile a central database containing the names of people who support terrorism and spread extremist religious views.
- Raising awareness of terrorism and radical religious views in local media.
- Establishment of a structure to securely store intelligence reports in compliance with the Anti-Terrorism Act.
- Create a system for sharing intelligence reports among national security services.
- Define each service’s role in combating terrorism to avoid overlapping obligations.
- Enactment of intelligence-related legislation.
- Establishment of a counter-terrorism budget based on national security services’ results.
- Implement a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach to combat terrorism.
- In this approach, define the roles of the Islamic ministry, the gender ministry, and the youth ministry.
Following the passage of the report, MP Aslam applauded the efforts of the committee members, adding that the committee includes people with the necessary expertise and education to create such a comprehensive report. He further emphasized the committee’s composition, which includes a former defense minister and a former police commissioner.
He added that the committee members worked on the inquiry without regard for party affiliation, but rather as a matter of national importance.