Nasheed provides statement for May 6 attack investigation

Parliament Speaker, former President Mohamed Nasheed speaks to press on October 13, 2021. (Sun Photo/Ahmed Aiman)

Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed has provided a statement for the investigation of the IED attack targeting him on May 6, in an attempt to assassinate him.

Nazim Abdul Sattar, Nasheed’s brother who has been appointed his lawyer regarding the case, told Sun that the Police has been provided with a draft of the statement which Nasheed wishes to give regarding the case.

Although Police had tried to obtain a statement from Nasheed prior to this – he had been unable to been unable to in light of his health condition, as well as for having been abroad for treatment.


A homemade remote-controlled IED was strapped to a 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.   

He was airlifted to a military hospital in Germany on May 13, and traveled to the UK in July for further treatment.

He returned to Maldives after spending four months abroad on October 11.

Police have arrested 10 suspects in connection to the attack. Charges have been filed against seven suspects in connection to the terror attack. 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; Is’haq, M. Kudhehige, K. Male’; Fahumy Ali, Hudhuruvaage, GA. Vilingili and Mohamed Nazim, Asareege, AA. Maalhos.

Adhuham, whom the police suspects to have detonated the IED, signed a plea deal with the State and pled guilty to all charges at court.

Meanwhile, Haisham, Fahumy and Nazim have pled not guilty.

Court has granted the lawyers of Mujaz, Thahmeen and Is’haq additional time to review the documents and videos submitted as evidence by the State – before responding to the charges.