May 6 blast: Charges filed against 4 suspects

Prosecutor General Hussain Shameem during a press conference on July 14, 2020. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Prosecutor General’s Office has filed charges against four suspects arrested in connection to the attempt to assassinate Parliament Speaker, former President Mohamed Nasheed on May 6. 

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. 

Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed confirmed in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon that the Prosecutor General’s Office has filed charges against four suspects arrested in connection to the attack with the Criminal Court. 

He congratulated all officers involved in the investigation. 

“I congratulate all officers and staff involved in this major case for their superb work. We continue to work on more suspects. We will defeat violent extremism,” said Hameed. 

Police have arrested 10 suspects in connection to the case, and have requested the Prosecutor General’s Office for charges against 5 suspects. 

While neither CP Hameed nor the Prosecutor General’s Office have yet to release the identities of the four suspects charged in the case, Sun has been informed they are: 

  • Adhuham Ahmed Rasheed, 26, Hiyaa, V. Thinadhoo  
  • Mujaz Ahmed, 21, Ma. Feyruge, K. Male'  
  • Thahmeen Ahmed, 32, Folheyma, GA. Kondey  
  • Ali Haisham, 27, Nooreege, N. Manadhoo 

Charges have not been filed against Ahmed Fathih, 23, Dhunfini Ufaa, L. Gan, who was one of the initial arrests made by police in connection to the case. 

Prosecutor General’s Office is scheduled to hold a press conference at 02:00 pm this Tuesday to deliver the latest updated on the case. 

Police said in a press conference in July that the suspects involved in the attack believe Nasheed to be an apostate who openly mocks the religion of Islam and Prophet Mohamed, and that killing him to be justified.

They said the terror cell involved in the attack made prior attempts to assassinate Nasheed by strapping the same motorcycle used in the May 6 attack with an IED and parking it outside the residence of his spouse, Laila Ahmed.  

Police said they found evidence suggesting the suspects to be ISIS sympathizers, but found no evidence directly linking them with the international terror organization.