The case against Deputy Minister of Defence, Hassan Zameel has been removed from Parliament’s Committee on Member’s Privileges and Ethics.
A case against Deputy Minister of Defence, Hassan Zameel was lodged to the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) and the Parliament’s Committee on Member’s Privileges and Ethics for denying the request of the parliament to summon individual MNDF officers for Parliament’s inquiry on the terror attack against Speaker Mohamed Nasheed. However, Parliament’s Committee on Member’s Privileges and Ethics announced last night that they will not move forward with the case.
The Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) had refused to allow specific individuals to be called before the committee investigation, stating that they will answer to the parliament as an institution. This statement has infuriated several MPs and has expressed they have no intention of giving up on their right to summon individual MNDF officers for the inquiry.
MP for Dhangathi Constituency, Mohamed Nazim has stated that the decision to remove the case against Zameel from the Parliament’s Committee was done to hold the Minister of Defence, Mariya Ahmed Didi accountable and held responsible for the letter sent to the Parliament. He also added that the Defence Minister can assign a delegate to sign such a statement, however, the Defence Minister herself should be taking the responsibility and held accountable.
Chief of Defence Force, Major General Abdullah Shamaal was summoned to the Parliamentary Committee on National Security yesterday to question the security breach of the Former President and Current Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Nasheed during the May 6 terror attack. The committee has also decided to summon Defence Minister Maria Didi to the committee although a certain date has not been fixed yet.