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‘Ex-pres security hike according to policy’, MNDF counter opposition censure

Fathmath Shaahunaz
10 January 2018, MVT 16:48
Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom speaks at joint opposition rally. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
10 January 2018, MVT 16:48

Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) responded coldly to the opposition’s criticism of increased security for former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, stating that the army provided security “according to standard policy”.

MNDF had hiked the security of Maumoon’s residence at Endherimaage house in capital Male on Monday night, claiming to have received reports of threats against the former president. In addition to posting more officers on patrol, MNDF also began to note down the names of all individuals that entered and left the residence.

The opposition had slated the increased security harshly, accusing the army of keeping Maumoon, who was working with the opposition coalition, under “house arrest”. Some members of the opposition have also claimed that it was a plot to monitor the people that “come and go” from his residence.

Amidst the allegations, Maumoon had written to the defence ministry, requesting clarification of the alleged threats against him.

MNDF forwarded a statement to the media on Wednesday countering the opposition’s talks, stating that all security provided by the military were in accordance to standard policies. The statement further read that MNDF would provide necessary information to the media as they saw fit.

In response to the increased security around his residence, Maumoon had said that while the defence ministry had notified him of a potential physical threat, he had no such evidence. Thus, he wrote to the ministry for clarification “so that [he] could personally be on guard.”