The Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) has voiced reluctance to submit individual personnel to the parliamentary probe into the May 6 terror attack, saying it is eager to fully cooperate with the investigation as an institution.
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, according to the MNDF, and any inquiry into the activities of an individual officer would be answered by the MNDF as an institution.
MNDF further claimed that the Armed Forces Act forbids military officials from sharing any information obtained in the course of their duties with anybody other than those authorized by law. Individual officers being investigated, according to the MNDF, violates the military structure and line of command.
As an institution, the MNDF declared that it is completely prepared to cooperate with the investigation into the May 6 terror attack. However, MNDF stated that exposing any individual officer to a parliamentary investigation would be illegal.
The IED explosion 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.