UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Alistair Burt is expected to “pressure” the Maldives government to tackle alleged abuses conducted by police during a visit to the country next month, UK media has reported.
Majlis Finance Committee member Ahmed Hamza has claimed parliament will halt the border control system (BCS) project as “most members” believed the contract was not financially beneficial to the country.
Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) MP Abdullah Mausoom has raised concerns that the “drastic” nature of the proposed budget reductions would impact funds being distributed “fairly and equally” amongst the public as well as being detrimental to the state.
Following an investigation carried out by UK-based newspaper The Guardian, politicians at Westminster and the Scottish Parliament of Holyrood are to press government ministers on the Scottish Police College at Fife’s role in training Maldivian officers.
If ratified, a five-member National Pay Commission will be instituted to determine salaries and allowances for workers in the public sector.
Attorney General (AG) Azima Shukoor has said the Maldives government could itself opt to seek compensation from infrastructure group GMR after voiding the India-based company’s concession agreement to develop Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA).
The police statement makes no mention of the police officer who was shown in leaked CCTV footage of the incident to have struck the fleeing suspects with his baton, causing them to collide with Gasim.
The 2010 audit report of the Prosecutor General’s Office found that a total of MVR 145,596 (US$9,706) was spent in violation of the Public Finance Act.
“Unless Shahid immediately ceases his efforts to violate the constitution while holding the post of Speaker of Parliament, the National Movement will ensure that this comes to a stop,” local media reported Riza as saying.