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Officers sacked over February 7 proceedings: Home Minister

Ahmed Aiham
29 August 2019, MVT 15:26
Minister of Home Affairs Imran Abdulla speaks at a parliament sitting. PHOTO/MAJILIS
Ahmed Aiham
29 August 2019, MVT 15:26

Minister of Home Affairs Imran Abdulla, on Thursday, revealed that certain officers were sacked following the controversial transfer of power in 2012, during the presidency of current Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Nasheed.

The statements were made in response to a question posed by Maafannu North MP Imthiyaz Fahmy, regarding any punitive actions taken by the government against uniformed officers alleged to have created "unrest" and caused damages inside security bases.

Although the Maldives Committee of National Inquiry (CoNI) report deemed the transfer of power on February 7, 2012, as legal, it was widely rejected by then opposition, Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).

In relation to the findings, Minister Imran stated that officers were sacked, demoted and transferred to different divisions.

Minister Imran further stated that both direct and indirect civilian involvement were identified.

He noted that actions against the officers resulted in the institution shaping itself to meet public expectations.

According to the minister, various efforts are underway to reform and provide better services to citizens.

Minister Imran was a key opposition figure during Nasheed's rule. He was involved in leading the mass civilian protests that prompted the resignation.

Summarized findings of the CoNi report

- The change of power on February 7, 2012, was "legal and constitutional".

- The events that occurred on February 6 and 7 were "in large measure, reactions to the actions of (then) President Nasheed".

- The resignation of Nasheed was "voluntary and of his own free will. It was not caused by any illegal coercion or intimidation".

- Acts of police brutality which occurred on February 6, 7 and 8, must be investigated and pursued further by relevant authorities.

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