“A very small number of very junior ranked soldiers of MNDF may have acted outside the bounds of law on 7 February. They were doing what they thought was right in the absence of orders,” said Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim.
President’s Office Spokesperson Abbas Adil Riza alleged that an attack on two police officers in Male’ yesterday was politically motivated and carried out by MDP members, however police have not confirmed the attacks were politically motivated.
MDP MP for mid-Hithadhoo constituency Mohamed Rasheed and Addu City Councillor Ahmed Mirzadh are among 40 individuals facing terrorism charges over arson in the southernmost atoll on February 8.
The audit report released last week stated that the two political appointees were paid salaries and benefits, amounting to over MVR800,000 (US$51,880) from January to December 2010, while one was working at the Presidential Commission and the other at the Maldives Customs Service.
“We have not broken any rules or regulations on this matter,” said the Mayor. “Even if somebody takes this area away, people will instead take to the streets to have their voice heard.”
State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dunya Maumoon, has accused former President Mohamed Nasheed of going back on his word by threatening violence should the CNI rule no illegal activity in his removal from office.
Algeen allegedly sent three separate invoices to the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) between May 2006 and April 2007. All three invoices demanded payment to his personal Bank of Maldives account.
Should the CNI conclude that there was no coup in February, the MDP decided it would wait for constitutionally scheduled presidential elections in 2013.
Several instances of illegal and wasteful expenditure were flagged in the audit report of the Ministry of Home Affairs for 2010 made public yesterday, including MVR800,000 (US$51,880) paid to two political appointees who did not attend the ministry.