Nasheed: Charges can be brought based on DDCOM report

Speaker of Parliament, former President Mohamed Nasheed. (Photo/People's Majlis)

The Speaker of the Parliament has stated that the Parliament strongly believes that charges can be brought against the people involved in the murder of Dr. Afrasheem based on Commission on Deaths and Disappearances (DDCOM) investigative report.

He was speaking in the Parliamentary session today, which saw the report by the 241 Committee regarding the matter passed. Nasheed stated before asking for the vote that the Committee report clearly showed the next steps that must be taken by the government regarding the matter and who is to be charged for the murder.

His comments contrasted with the Home Minister who spoke in the Parliament earlier and stated that he was informed by the DDCOM and PG Office that it was not possible to bring charges against anyone named in the report.

Speaker Nasheed, however, stated that the attorneys in the Parliament believed that charges could be raised based on the report and questioned why the lawyers from the Parliament and the PG office had different opinions on the matter. Nasheed also stated that he did not wish to compare the two and was difficult to say that one was better than the other.

Home Minister Sheikh Imran Abdulla responds to questions by parliamentarians on November 26, 2019. (Photo/People's Majlis)

“The lawyers here (Parliament) are convinced that charges could be brought based on the information in the report,” said Nasheed, who then stated that it was difficult for the Parliament to believe that charges could not be raised in the matter.

The report by the DDCOM concluded that Dr. Afrasheem was funded and murdered by a group of people with religious and ideological differences. The attack that took place on October 1, 2012, was masterminded by Azlif Raoof from H. Hilton who had allegedly fled the country for war abroad.

The investigation into the murder by Police at the time resulted in a different conclusion. Police found that it was political differences that resulted in the murder of Dr. Afrasheem. This was, however, refuted by the DDCOM.