Brigadier General Zakariyya Mansoor, Director General of the National Counter-Terrorism Center (NCTC), has been summoned to the parliamentary probe into the May 6 terror attack for questioning regarding former President and current Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Nasheed’s security breach.
In addition to Brigadier General Zakariyya, the Committee on National Security Services (241 Committee) summoned several key officers from the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF), including the Chief of Defence Force Major General Abdullah Shamaal and Vice Chief of Defence Force Brigadier General Abdul Raheem Abdul Latheef.
North-Hithadhoo MP Mohamed Aslam, the Chairperson of the 241 Committee, revealed at a news conference that there had previously been confusion regarding calling individual MNDF officers to the inquiry, which has subsequently been cleared. In addition, he stated that the MNDF is completely cooperating with the investigation.
Furthermore, in response to accusations that the government is interfering in the probe, MP Aslam indicated that all government authorities are fully cooperating with the investigation and that no institution has attempted to influence the probe.
Following the bomb blast targeting Speaker Nasheed on May 6, the MNDF has come under fire for allegedly failing to provide enough security for the Speaker. The National Security Services Committee desired to summon individual officers to illustrate how things functioned within the institution. However, the MNDF issued a statement stating that individual officers would not be permitted to attend the committee.