Amd rising diplomatic tensions with its neighbour, Maldivian nationals have found themselves queuing outside the Indian High Commission in Male’ to obtain medical and other visas for travel to India.
“The political elite lead privileged lives and have no idea what is going on here,” said DRP Deputy Leader Ibrahim Shareef.
“The CNI report was a whitewash. It wilfully excluded testimony of police and army leaders – the very people best placed to ascertain whether the transfer of power was legal or not,” former President Mohamed Nasheed has claimed of the Commonwealth-backed findings.
The Guardian’s article on police brutality in the Maldives “ludicrously” infers that Scottish police trainers “somehow influenced them to behave in that way”, writes retired Scottish Police Superintendent John Robertson.
Adhaalath Party representative Hussain Wafeer told Minivan News today that while suspected MDP supporters did not physically attack its members during a visit to Thulhaadhoo, sand was thrown by members of a crowd.
An official from within the Indian High Commission has denied reports of overnight queuing, adding: “Some people had come in the morning a little early so there may have been a slight queue then, but was no overnight queuing. If a problem does arise we will find a solution.”
“Currently the Maldives is facing certain challenges, but we are confident the wise people of Maldives will be able to choose a stable government that works further to strengthen these relations,” said the Indian High Commissioner in his address.
Both councilors denied the claims saying they never had any interest in joining the party.
McKinnon’s visit follows allegations by the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) of Commonwealth complicity in a “systematic government cover-up designed to subdue testimonies from key witnesses to the coup d’etat”.