Special envoy appointed to monitor May 6 blast probe arrives in Maldives

Special envoy appointed to monitor investigation into May 6 attack, Abbas Faiz (R) with President’s Office Chief of Staff, Ali Zahir (L) at the Velana International Airport on July 2, 2021. (Photo/President's Office)

The special envoy appointed by the President to monitor the investigation into the targeted terror attack of May 6 which left Parliament Speaker, former President Mohamed Nasheed severely wounded, has arrived in Maldives.

Abbas Faiz, a human rights analyst from the UK, was appointed by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to monitor the investigation into the attack on May 19.

President’s Office said Faiz arrived in Maldives on Friday morning. He was greeted upon arrival at the Velana International Airport by President’s Chief of Staff, Ali Zahir.

According to the President’s Office, Faiz is mandated to ensure that all stages of the investigation, prosecution and trial of the alleged perpetrators, and any related and necessary inquiries, comply with international best practice and national laws to ensure public confidence in the integrity of the processes.

President’s Office said Faiz’s oversight of the ongoing investigation will be conducted within the parameters set by the Prosecutor General, and that he will provide necessary counsel and instructions, and prepare necessary reports until justice is served in the case.

Faiz was questioned in the inquiry by Parliament’s Security Services Committee into Nasheed’s security breach in relation to the May 6 attack on June 23.

A homemade remote-controlled IED was strapped to motorcycle parked nearby Nasheed’s residence, and was detonated at 08:27 pm on May 6, just as Nasheed, 54, exited his residence and went to get in his car. Nasheed was thrown to the ground and sustained multiple shrapnel wounds, while three members of his security detail and two bystanders sustained minor wounds.

He was rushed to ADK Hospital, where he underwent multiple lifesaving surgeries to remove ball bearings and other shrapnel, some of which perforated his internal organs.

Police are investigating the case as a targeted terror attack to assassinate Nasheed, and have made five arrests in connection to the case; Ahmed Adhuham Rasheed, 26, Hiyaa, GDh. Thinadhoo; Mujaz Ahmed, 21, Ma. Feyruge, K. Male’; Thahmeen Ahmed, 32, Folheyma, GA. Kondey; Ahmed Fathih, 23, Dhunfini Ufaa, L. Gan; and Ali Haisham, 27, Nooreege, N. Manadhoo.