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241 committee to hold closed-door meetings on security breach of Pres Solih's motorcade

29 March 2023, MVT 14:09
The chair of the parliament Committee on National Security Services (241 Committee), North Hithadhoo MP Mohamed Aslam, at a meeting held of 10th October 2022. PHOTO: MAJLIS
29 March 2023, MVT 14:09

The Parliament's Committee on National Security Services (241 Committee) on Wednesday decided that the discussions into the security breach of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's motorcade would be held behind closed doors.

On March 20, opposition Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) protestors on Boduthakurufaanu Magu in Malé barred the President's motorcade from moving forward by sitting across the road.

The committee convened today at 11:00 a.m. and met with the Commissioner of Police, Mohamed Hameed, along with other senior officials from the Maldives Police Service, who briefed them regarding the incident.

Before the meeting commenced, the chairman of the committee, North Hithadhoo MP Mohamed Aslam, said that sessions would not be open to the public as it was a matter related to the President's security.

Officials from the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) are scheduled to meet with the committee at 1:00 p.m. today.

This is the first time that a high-security presidential motorcade has been obstructed by the public. The motorcade was at a standstill for nearly 15 minutes before the President's car turned around and took a different route to leave the scene.

So far, the police have detained five people in connection with the incident; they are being held on remand.

Immediately after the incident, the MNDF revealed that it had formed a special committee to investigate the incident to see if there had been any negligence from the security forces.