Police Commissioner Mohamed Hameed has been summoned to the parliamentary inquiry into the May terror attack that seriously injured Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Nasheed, which is being undertaken by the Committee on National Security Services (Committee 241).
According to the People’s Majlis, CP Hameed is the first person to be called for the Committee 241 investigation. Furthermore, parliament reported that the committee intends to examine five senior Maldives Police Service officers, including the Commissioner of Police.
Local media have reported that the necessary information required for the investigation has been collected and now the committee is preparing to inform and question the individuals relevant to the investigation including MNDF and Police officers. As part of the investigation, around 40 key officers in different ranks have been identified by the committee.
However, a statement released by Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) on Thursday stated that they will support the inquiry by the parliament but will not be willing to let individual officers be questioned over the attack, instead MNDF as an institution will be answering all queries. MNDF detailed the due process followed in providing information to the parliament on military duties and responsibilities, as per the Armed Forces Act, stating that the Minister of Defense is accountable to the president and the parliament, whereas the Chief of Defense Force is accountable to the Minister of Defense. Individual officers of the MNDF are answerable to the Chief of Defense Force.
The IED explosion which went off around 20:20 on 6th May leaving Speaker Mohamed Nasheed and three others injured. The suspects arrested in connection with the attack are Ahmed Adhuham, Mujaaz Ahmed, Thahmeen Ahmed, and most recently Ahmed Fathih. Terrorism charges have been brought upon against all three. Several questions have been raised over how the security was breached and intelligence of security services have been criticized for not anticipating such an attack.