Two officers from Maldives Police Services’ Special Protection Group (SPG) have been dismissed from their posts Tuesday.
The two special service officers that were dismissed are Minister of Tourism Moosa Zameer’s former bodyguard Ahmed Shaaneez and former President Mohamed Nasheed’s bodyguard Simad Ahmed.
The two were arrested February 23 for censure and allegations of conferring confidential information to extraneous parties.
Shaaneez and Simad were asked to resign on their own accord first; their official dismissal came after they refused to do so, Mihaaru is aware.
During the political unrest that arose after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling February 1 ordering the release of nine high-profile political prisoners, the two officers were arrested and taken to the Maldives National Defense Force’s (MNDF) training island ‘Girifushi’ in Kaafu atoll, where they were asked to resign.
After they refused, they were kept in a military base in Hulhule island.
SPG officer Simad had served 19-years in the military, and boasts an impressive list of people he had served, including former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom and Majlis Speaker Abdullah Maseeh. Meanwhile, Shaaneez was well-known for being former First Lady Laila Ali’s bodyguard during Nasheed’s presidency.
The police was the first state institution to back the apex court’s unprecedented ruling, which resulted in President Abdulla Yameen sacking then Police Commissioner Ahmed Areef, just hours after the police announced its decision via Twitter. During the two days that followed the ruling, the president had assigned and subsequently sacked two police commissioners.
Areef was arrested Tuesday after the police raided his home a day before. He was also placed on a travel ban after police began investigating him for attempting to carry out the Supreme Court verdict before the state had decided on the matter.
Following the declaration of the state of emergency on February 5, there was a crackdown on some police officers. As such, former Special Operations Commander Abdullah “Didi” Ibrahim, former Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Commander Hussain Afeef and five other officers have been arrested so far.