The Prosecutor General’s Office has notified the Parliament that criminal charges against Defense Ministry Deputy Minister Mohamed Zameel can only be brought forward after a thorough investigation, rather than at the request of the Parliament.
The case against Deputy Minister 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.
PG Office Spokesperson and Public Prosecutor Ahmed Shafeeu told a local news outlet that the desired criminal charges against Zameel can only be filed after a thorough investigation by a law enforcement entity, under the Criminal Procedure Code of the Maldives.
He further stated that the PG Office suggested the parliament refer the case to a law enforcement agency if criminal proceedings were needed.
The rejection of the case brought to the Parliament’s Committee on Member’s Privileges and Ethics by Speaker Mohamed Nasheed, the Maldivian Democratic Party’s leader, has heightened tensions inside the main ruling party.