The main culprit behind the attempted assassination of Maldives Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Nasheed on May 6 has been apprehended, the Maldives Police Service reported on Saturday.
According to Police Commissioner Mohamed Hameed, he was detained in Addu City and has been identified as Mohamed Thasleem.
The police commissioner stated that Thasleem was previously arrested on April 14, 2017, for attempting to make a bomb in a private office building in Male’. He did, however, mention that Thasleem was released on October 4, 2018, while his case was being tried. According to Police Commissioner Hameed, the appeal case was brought back after two years without a verdict.
Additionally, Hameed stated that the investigation revealed that the suspects began planning the attack in 2019 and had begun final preparations to carry it out by the end of 2020.
Thasleem has been recognized as the leader of the Islamic extremist cell that included the other suspects, as well as the person who labelled Nasheed an apostate and provided the other suspects with literature and writing to justify the attack.
Furthermore, Police Commissioner Hameed revealed that the May 6 blast was the suspects’ third attempt to carry out the assassination plot of Speaker Nasheed.