Former Male’ City Mayor Shifa Mohamed, Minister of Housing and Planning Mohamed Aslam, and Chief of Defence Major General Abdulla Shamaal were summoned today before the parliamentary inquiry investigating the May 6 bombing that targeted former President and current Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Nasheed.
The Committee on National Security Services (241 Committee) is probing the terror attack in which Speaker Nasheed was critically injured and is presently receiving care in Germany following numerous surgeries at the ADK Hospital.
Shifa and Aslam were summoned to the investigation today after the Defence Ministry previously stated that it had notified the Male’ City Council that providing security for Nasheed near his residence, where the attack occurred, was impossible due to the tight alleyway and parked bikes. However, the Defense Ministry’s request had not been executed by the time the bombing occurred.
Major General Shamaal appeared before the committee at 13:30 today. However, because Committee meetings are confidential, the material given by Shamaal has not been made public. The Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) had refused to allow specific individuals to be called before the committee investigation, stating that they will answer the parliament as an institution.
On Saturday, Police Commissioner Mohamed Hameed and senior police officers were summoned to a parliamentary committee. According to local media, the 241 Committee is preparing to question 40 key officers from the MNDF and the police.