Maldives Police Service has denied claims that Ahmed Fathih, arrested in connection to the May 6th attack, was serving as an active police officer at the time of the attack.
In a statement released on Monday night, the Police said Fathih was not a police officer on May 6, when the terror attack took place, nor when he was arrested in connection to the case. However, police also confirmed that Fathih was employed as a police officer from November 25th 2018 and he voluntarily resigned from his post on February 3rd 2021.
Although Fathih was arrested in connection to the terror attack against Speaker Nasheed, he was released on August 6, 2021, as the Prosecutor General’s Office had concluded not to charge him over the case citing lack of evidence.
The statement from Maldives Police Service came after an unofficial Twitter account believed to be owned by Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed – who was the target of the May 6th attack, claimed that Fathih was employed at Maldives Police Service until he was arrested.
Fathih was the fourth person arrested by the Police in connection to May 6 terror attack. He was arrested at B. Dharavandhoo, on May 19th 2021 and was accused of having physically aided in executing the attack but was later released.