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Velezinee attack a “huge concern” for free speech: Dr Sawad

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The stabbing this morning of Aishath Velezinee, Presidential Member of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) responsible for ensuring ethical conduct in the judiciary, has been condemned as an attack on free speech and law and order in the country, attorney general Dr Ahmed Ali Sawad has said.

Velezinee was taken to Male’s Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGHM) after she was stabbed in the back with a sharp object whilst out in the city this morning, police have confirmed.

The Maldives Police Service were unable to confirm if any suspects had as yet been apprehended over the attack and were continuing to investigate the case.

Speaking to Minivan News today, Dr Sawad said that the attack was a “huge concern” for the country. “Judicial abuse at any level cannot be tolerated,” he said.

Beyond the concerns held as a private citizen over an attack within the capital, Dr Sawad added that the assault on Velezinee had a direct impact on judicial proceeding in the country.

“The JSC is constitutionally mandated to oversee the ethical functioning of the judiciary, she [Velezinee] had been very vocal in her role and that is something that must be accommodated [in the courts],” he said “If we cannot express our opinions openly, than this obviously impacts the functioning of the judicial body and how it serves the public.”

Dr Sawad said that beyond his role as Attorney General, as a private citizen he was dismayed that “law and order in the capital could have deteriorated to such an extent”.

Haveeru reported that President Mohamed Nasheed had visited Velezinee this morning in hospital following the attack, which reportedly occurred on a junction between Maaveyo Magu and Majeedee Magu, expressing hope she would continue her work at the JSC.

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65 Comments on "Velezinee attack a “huge concern” for free speech: Dr Sawad"

  1. ahus on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 11:59 AM 

    adhaalath sheikhs said velizinee, kerafaa naseem are laadheenee people. Don’t they have to take the responsibility for promoting hate speech?

  2. falooda on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 12:08 PM 

    What motive would an average citizen have to stab Velezinee? It’s highly likely this was politically motivated. Our beloved politicians are pretty much known to pay off gangs for these kinds of services.

  3. nix on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 12:10 PM 

    Iw oudl call this an act of cowardice. such cowardly acts have become so common in the streets of Male’. look the stark truth in this. at one side is Velezinee who is so vocal and bravely voices her opinion. her opinion may not be everyone elses, but she definitely is right in voicing out her side of the story in the open. ont he other side is the coward who committed this attack. Dude, the least you could have done was to own up to your act and voice it out for all to hear. i pity such cowards. and as long as Velezinee talks in the opne, i will listen to her and so will many others.

  4. Anbar on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 12:10 PM 

    The decent and civilized few people in the Maldives should not scarify their life for this small tiny island nation with majority of uneducated uncivilized mass. It is worthless to scarify for such unworthy country and people. It is better let them rule by their backward religious mullahs and let them rot like Thaliban.

  5. worried on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 12:25 PM 

    It is doesn’t auger well to hear from Dr.Sawad that “law and order in the capital could have deteriorated to such an extent”. Is it only now that he has woken up from a deep slumber to the precarious situation Maldives have for long been tottering on. What about all those Maldivians who had been a prey to knife attacks and never been fortunate to live to tell the tale. Ditto to foreigners. How long will it take before the malice is effectively dealt with?

  6. Mahir on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 12:35 PM 

    This is what our ‘Great Leader’ who ruled for 30 years is made of…

    Violence, Violence, Violence.. that’s all he knows.. And his Entire family..

  7. Zeenat on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 12:57 PM 

    Its sad that a daring lady has been attacked in such a cowardly manner.

  8. Rasheed on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 1:11 PM 

    I pray to Allah that Velizenee be in the best of health and a speedy recovery. She is the most courageous, honest and determined Maldivian woman in recent history.

  9. Ekaloa on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 1:12 PM 

    This looks like well planed gimmick by Velezinee and MDP hardcore to divert the political dynamics of up coming elections and parliament affairs. Haveeru news reports, she spoke by phone but refuse to talk about injury and ask to talk to police. For Mr. Sawad i want ask, what about series of stab we see every day in Male’ and some times even murder.

  10. saleem on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 1:22 PM 

    President’s member at JSC gets stabbed; President threatens former President with death; Majlis members give themselves absurd pay increments…. Our politicians have failed us. It’s time for the public to stand up for our rights.

  11. mujey on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 1:45 PM 

    Sure, why did Adaalath party said Velezinee is a laadheenee lady. surely Adaalath has to be blamed. I want an answer doctor or whatever Abdul Majeed Abdul Bari.

  12. satharey on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 2:35 PM 

    agree with saleem

  13. bamb keyo on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 2:46 PM 


  14. The Balrog on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 2:54 PM 

    Wow. When an ordinary citizen is stabbed to death, nobody seems to care. The president, Sawad…nobody at all. But when some person who’s “high and mighty” compared to the rest of the citizens, plus being a friend of the president gets stabbed….things are very different. President starts an investigation on the “5th gear” or would even go “out of the chart”.

    The police said that the injuries weren’t serious. But do know that people have DIED…yes, DIED in other attacks. And most of those murderers live alongside us every single day, while the victim’s family feels helpless.

    This is the big picture.

  15. yupe on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 3:12 PM 

    This is another stunt from Anni. No one or doctor has seen any injury on her – This is more likely a fabricated lie.

  16. C-la-y on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 3:25 PM 

    Velezinee is a reformist. A radical reformer seeking to change the system, fighting a feudal establishment and in the process encountering extreme resistance- it is a fight against the very heart of power, money, greed and corruption. A melting pot of political collusion, for the congregation of the very worst. The judiciary.

    Weed smoker she maybe, this is a fight which will end up her getting almost killed. What has emerged clear from this “incident” is that gang violence has roots in politics; suffice to say there are people walking with clear consciences who actively finance gang violence. The people at the very top have no illusions as to who maybe implicated as being behind such acts of terror.

    The investigations will turn up nothing. The system is too heavily invested by those who have an interest in ensuring some things never change. Change of governments do not necessarily imply change.

    Everyone who is anybody is involved, and cutthroats are in power. The powerful by definition are cutthroats.

    There is a lesson therein for the Dhivehi people. A people who unfortunately are rooted in poverty, ignorance and fealty. The middle class charade is an offshoot of a criminal system of economics, finance and lordship. Capitalism does not work.

    Velezinee was ginikannyaa. Has she been silenced. I think she will be. Only the people can save themselves, but when people become embossed in their own greed and injustice they are doomed to fail. The generational turn-over of this country determines its fate.

    Of course this maybe an isolated incident or it maybe she was caught in a competitive bid for her home grown ganja.

  17. leg it on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 3:25 PM 

    @ saleem

    politicians have failed since the beginning of politics

  18. adam on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 3:37 PM 

    “This looks like well planed gimmick by Velezinee and MDP hardcore to divert the political dynamics of up coming elections and parliament affairs. ”


  19. uneducated maldivian on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 3:53 PM 

    to anbar: n do you concider youself civilized? your comment tells you have no love o such thing for the nation ( ie.the land,the people,its culture,and the shari’ah that should be followed here). attacking her is definitely a cowardly act…but dont think that others are lowly…coz thats what that is uncivilised!

  20. Makunuvaa on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 4:03 PM 

    Get well soon Vel, and keep on fighting for us.

    We are glad you are on our side, campaigning for fairness, transparency & justice.

  21. musician on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 4:10 PM 

    I completely agree with nix. I am not fan of Veleziniee nor MDP supporter but I find her very honest and good person. Those cowards couldn’t stand bcaz she speaks truth and they want to kill her. What a shame. Whoever did it must be a coward. Shame on you!!!

  22. Dhonbeefaanu on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 4:13 PM 

    we are extremely aware about the hidden and concealed agenda of the Zionist Government !! what was occurred at this Morning is a big political Drama !! Consequently ,the Government can only mocked with that backward Mullaas. we Maldivians are assuring to the Zionist Government that we will stand for protect the firm religion of Maldives and the sovereignty of the nation until the last minute !!!

  23. IBU on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 4:16 PM 

    @ yupe….. i was there,i saw the blood i heard her cries…

  24. Az on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 4:16 PM 

    This is unacceptable violence. This is totally against Islamic teachings.

    Only change of attitude and uniting to improve the situation on the streets of Male’ and for Maldives.

    It is time for unity. May Allah help us all :-)

  25. warm.pixels on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 4:36 PM 

    I would probably not be heard, but yes, I think that this petty game of diversion has to stop somewhere. You do realize that in effect, within hours or days, the media attention is going to be focused on this event, leading to so many shady deals happening on the side.

  26. ahmed shaheed on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 4:43 PM 

    This a day of shame. I hope all in the chain of law enforcement realize how badly they have failed the people. The jails do not hold convicts. The courts do not hear cases. The Prosecutor General does not prosecute. Politicians openly court gangsters. MPs defy the law.

  27. Shahid on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 4:44 PM 

    This is Indian movies politics. Kadar khans political hindi movies…. Own party can’t be ruled out to get sympathy. After all it’s all about politics

  28. Addu on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 4:46 PM 

    This is unacceptable. Wish a speedy recovery for velezinee.

    Btw. Don’t you all know that even if we promote western civilized politics and their philosophy in reality what we have here is Indian gunda raj. Are we still in denial?

  29. ismail on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 5:10 PM 


    Haveeru reports Anni has seen four stab wounds on her body. Anni has checked her out at her room and confirmed these wounds.

  30. anti .... on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 5:14 PM 

    oh stabbing??? this the only Maldivian whos been stabbed!!??????

  31. Ibrahim Yasir on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 6:08 PM 

    Velezinee… what type of a name is it? Sounds funny, what does it mean? Is it a muslim or italian name?

  32. Ahmed Lathyf on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 6:22 PM 

    I condemn this attack. This is not an attack on Velezinee, but on the freedom of speech and on the judiciary.

  33. Olay` Zinc oxide on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 6:23 PM 

    pfft. If this a government conspiracy, then certain factions which have been rendered liable before thank you.

    Velenzinee had an idea of what she was getting into, so did Anni, so did sarangu municipality fellow. The real dilemma is when you have so much filth at your disposal, how best to go about reaping its benefits, without, repeat-without compromising yourself. The answer is simple, you play all sides, then wait and watch things unfold.

    Her lesson was this- hold your tongue else do not hesitate the unwelcome cold calculation of a razor blade.

    There is no interplay here. Which is to say there is. And its to do with drug money and resort bids.


  34. Alibeyya on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 6:30 PM 

    Velazinee is a courageous lady fighting for justice. It is obvious that she had many enemies down the line. I am sure she would not retreat an inch because of this attack. There are people out there who don’t want to see any change of the system.

  35. ibra on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 7:10 PM 

    I totally agree with Dr.Sawad on this. Dr. Sawad is perhaps the only person in Anni’s corrupt cabinet working for the betterment of common people.

  36. fehiakiri on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 7:16 PM 

    Lets talk about Adhaalath?

  37. C-4-Li on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 7:17 PM 

    From the incident, the article and the comments, it is obvious this is politically motivated.

    I doubt this is Adhaalath; instead this reeks more like some of the other political groups we all know.

  38. n.didi on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 8:08 PM 

    Conspiracy. Could be Musthofa, Shahid or JSC.

  39. Anbar on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 8:22 PM 

    Get life Donbeefan. What Zionist agenda you are talking about. If some liberal minded people want see a free society does not mean, there is any hidden Zionist agenda. In every society you have people with different mentality, now after that dictator Qayoom left, people are open to disclose their political views and you translate this as Zionist agenda. Are you comparing yourself Palestine just because you are Muslim? Read world history and cultures and global politics, you will know how much Zionist agenda will be applied to your nation.

  40. dhun on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 8:25 PM 

    MAG has strongly indicated he’s coming, fueled onto his all time planning to be the ruler, helped by the latest action of making a portrait of himself with the help of 3 of his stooge MP’s, in KL. Let’s hope the portrait shows a live person atleast!

  41. caveman on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 10:03 PM 

    i heard that president nasheed is gona find out the attacker no matter what. wonder why he doesnt get so emotional when a random citizen is the many people have died in stabbings,fights and all.but whenever someone connected to him is the victim mr. president goes the president of this nation he must be equaly woried about the doesnt have to be 5TH gear for his friends and 2nd for others.dont you great thinkers understand this simple fact?

  42. msrashyd on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 11:14 PM 

    Our dear president,

    Velezini is not the only innocent person that was stabbed on the road..many died from such serious incidents during your leadership….many locals,expatriate workers get stabbed,killed on the roads by such violent attacks on Male’ roads..

    This is not the first incident of its kind,but at least now we know that if certain people get attacked on the road,the president will leave no stones unturned to get justice for them and he shall personally visit the injured..

    that’s the way they work

  43. shama on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 11:43 PM 

    Well i must agree this indeed is a very cowardly act..i hope velezinee recovers soon she really is an amazing lady:)

  44. Divert on Tue, 4th Jan 2011 12:08 AM 

    Vel – a woman above most people in courage and integrity. Shame to those who resorts to such measures – greed and power and utter selfish motives. Ridiculing the rule of law, ridiculing freedom of speech but before ridiculing the very nature of human life. Whether it is Adalath, or extremists though less likely in this case, corrupt judges who serves the criminals and drug dealers, politicians (some MPs??). Chicken to stay hidden and send young kids out to do the job.

  45. fahaafoshi on Tue, 4th Jan 2011 12:34 AM 

    this could be something by our honorably corrupt mps. they were getting so much attention they needed to divert it to some other high profile figure. and who better than the vocal yet vulnerable vel that the shady wicked of the mps hate. she just was expendable…she was perfect for it. it was an easy decision.

  46. Sihthi Maavaa on Tue, 4th Jan 2011 12:52 AM 

    @Ibrahim Yasir on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 6:08 PM: I wonder if “Jeffrey Salim Waheed” is a Muslim name. As far as I know this guys are Maldivians….I do not speak about the religious side, coz I am not a religious scholar. If you have ever opened your ears or eyes, there were so many people who were given non-Muslim names in the previous regime (when we had a Muslim scholar as the President). Think about the name Jennifer, Simon, Alexander Nasheed, Rozaina,Michael, etc. I wonder if these names are Muslim names.So please do some reading or at least talk to more people before you go on harassing others. As far as lots of Maldivians accept, Velezinee is one brilliant lady who has the guts and strength to stand up and voice out the truth behind all the dirty acts which go on in the judiciary. Just because one has leafed through the Sharia books doesn’t make him/her a religious scholar. And when one goes and plans all the dirty acts while under an oath, it makes it worse. It doesn’t matter which posts they may hold. Go for it Velezinee! Face these creepy cowards! We are with you! You make us proud to be Maldivian women. Hope you recover soon!

  47. C-4-Li on Tue, 4th Jan 2011 1:20 AM 

    Our dear msrashyd,

    When you excrete 1 or 2 seefoali a day, you don’t go to the doctor. But when your bandu kakkaalaa and get the same seefoalis in dhiyaa form, you know Another Foreign agent has come into play in your stomach, and rush to the doctor.

  48. kareem on Tue, 4th Jan 2011 1:48 AM 

    may b judicial guys says they need security plus car for their personel due to that some guys may neet phahaphs

  49. kareem on Tue, 4th Jan 2011 1:55 AM 

    when human rights reacts to tx

  50. Anbar on Tue, 4th Jan 2011 10:04 AM 

    @msrashyd, There is huge difference between street violence and organized crime and hate crime. Stabbing political figure who has liberal view, was a hate or organized crime committed by matured people with political agendas. Any democratically elected president will react strongly for such a barbaric action. You compare this with street violence which happens as result of strayed children who are produced by people like you. You don’t seem to be a person with grey matters.

  51. heck on Tue, 4th Jan 2011 10:47 AM 

    @ Z-nut

    “Its sad that a daring lady has been attacked in such a cowardly manner.”

    Your comment does not make any sense.

    Looks like she was ‘attacked’ by a very benevolent admirer.

    Three marks on her body but no injury?

    Is the President, her mentor, organizing some street ‘gimmicks’ through Saranagey, to garner public support for her doomed ‘secular views’??

    In any case, so far this appears to be more of Hindi soap rehearsal where the wicked lady gets an attack from a friendly villain, then she faints, at which point her lover comes running like a maniac to save her by giving a mouth-to-mouth resuscitation? How romantic.

    Interesting! I wonder what kind of a (sharp?) object was used in the attack.

    Let’s wait and see how this drama unfolds!

    Where is the evidence she was attacked? If she was not seriously hurt what happened to her own eye-witnessing capability. Did she make any attempts to save herself from the attacker or did she bend and turn to show the ‘villain’ where to leave the marks of the ‘attack’?

    I hope she comes out of the hospital and says it was bearded guy who attacked her!

  52. Ali on Tue, 4th Jan 2011 11:26 AM 

    When Thasmeen indicates about a self proclaimed leader which even doesn’t have legal minimum limits for forming a party is trying to ruin DRP and grab its supporters make me believe the evil ideology of these family oriented(Kingdom-ism)politicians. Maldivians should be united to clean this country from such people and bring real developments to us.Don’t trust politicians who support violence to achieve their goal.Thasmeen knows very well who was the real Mafia leader of this country when he work as a home minister. If every one has the courage like Velezinee then we could bring these gangsters to justice and live a peaceful life.JSC must eliminate their differences and bring full justice to us. Until then we will not ge real freedom.

  53. cat on Tue, 4th Jan 2011 1:18 PM 

    lets all make sharp objects and stab each other for fun….i assure u it il b fun aggagagagaga…more fun than politics

  54. He is so sick on Tue, 4th Jan 2011 1:35 PM 

    Heck is the sickest commenter on this platform ever…May Allah show him light, bring love to his heart and guide him in his dark hours to see light. Amen

  55. Marc colliard on Tue, 4th Jan 2011 4:31 PM 

    I agree with Rasheed
    Rasheed on Mon, 3rd Jan 2011 1:11 PM

    I pray to Allah that Velizenee be in the best of health and a speedy recovery. She is the most courageous, honest and determined Maldivian woman in recent history.

    “we wish her quick recovery and apprehend the animal instantly or provide such people sufficient security, the country is extremely rich and bear witness the …. fat salaries MP’s enjoy”


  56. heck on Tue, 4th Jan 2011 7:09 PM 

    @ He is so sick

    “Heck is the sickest commenter on this platform ever…”

    Hey! Hey! Save your big mouth, ok?

    I was asking for evidence that she was in fact attacked. How do we know it’s not a ploy to get sympathy votes of confidence from the public in her endeavours with the President?

    Remember she is the President’s proxy in the JSC and even Adhaalth Party has said that ‘this government has become an enemy of Islam’.

    I feel more sympathetic towards those people who lost their lives to brutal stabbing in full public view, crying and shouting for help while Anni’s Police force could not do anything to save them.

    Now when Anni’s own proxy is ‘stabbed’ he is mad? That is pure discrimination and double standard towards everyone else.

    Is Velezinee the only Maldivian citizen?

    I am not affected by your emotional nonsense. Go and lick her ‘wounds’ if you like.

    By the way if this was a cold blooded, premeditated attack I also condemn this ‘attack’.

    But WHERE is the evidence this was not a melodrama?

    I am confident this government will do ‘anything’ to get its secular views across, even by hook or crook!

  57. heck on Tue, 4th Jan 2011 7:17 PM 

    I condemn this kind of melodramas!

    I am dying to get some details of how, where, why and when she was attacked. But looks like this is just another story of ‘jaariya’ proportions.

    No evidence whatsoever?

  58. heck on Tue, 4th Jan 2011 8:12 PM 

    @ Breadfruit


    If you know that much, then is it possible for you to elaborate what POLITICS is involved in firing women from jobs for wearing the buruqa and fining them by thousand of dollars?

  59. Jameela on Tue, 4th Jan 2011 8:31 PM 

    The only people who are upset about her work are the corrupt judges Yameen and his mafia gang and gayoom and his corrupt cronies

  60. msrashyd on Wed, 5th Jan 2011 1:00 AM 

    Lots of politically motivated crimes, victimized people..lots of them get killed by such attacks with their guts cut out,lots of foreigners with their hands mutilated,their chests stabbed bleed to death in some hospital..there should be someone to raise concern for those things,not only when a political figure has her life threatened..everyone has the right to live terror free life..they don’t get justice but this lady should get justice,the president will see to it that she does…let’s hope she does!

  61. msrashyd on Wed, 5th Jan 2011 1:16 AM 


    You don’t need “grey matters” to realize that everyone has a right to live their life and live in a crime free society.You don’t have to get killed or stabbed on the road for being a drug addict or being a delinquent or for being a strayed child or for being a politician ..if we have people like you in our society who treat the human life so casually then we are really in a poor state…No use having so much grey matter or white matter!No use of having a brain at all if you accuse of just any unknown person you see as someone who produced a “strayed”child!!

  62. Anbar on Wed, 5th Jan 2011 8:46 AM 

    @msrashyd “grey matter” is what matters, politically motivated crime is dangerous and it can destroy societies, countries and the generation to come. Without grey matters you can’t differentiate between A and Z. All the crimes have to be addressed but those crimes that committed due to hate should be condemned with all possible strongest means. And you don’t see it that is what grey matter is. Street violence can be dealt easily: you look after your children give them life it will be curbed>

  63. msrashyd on Wed, 5th Jan 2011 5:13 PM 

    A person with no emotions who thinks that only some particular people need not be stabbed or wounded while others may go to hell has no need to have any grey doesn’t matter whether he has no grey matter,he could well be a moron for all anyone cares!that person is just plain insensitive!street violence is not when someone is walking down the road and get killed by unknown persons..that is not gang war or street violence…that is an attack on an innocent person!velizineee could all be just any other random person who got attacked on the road..recently, a lady who was walking on the road had her skull crushed when two men who got down from a motorcycle attacked her..she lies now paralysed and no she had no connection with strayed children or drug addicts,or gangsters..just like velizinee she was also going to her workplace minding her own business..if no one can be motivated to solve that kind of a violent crime in a society where human lives are valued according to their social status and professional standing..then it’s a totally tragic situation.A life is a life.velizinee or,judge or waiter or peon or minister……

    point is take every attack on any innocent person equally seriously if you claim this to be a civilized society with people who boast of having such a lot of “grey matter”

  64. Ibrahim Yasir on Thu, 6th Jan 2011 6:29 PM 

    Sithi Mavaa, what a funny name! Sounds like a name of a witch. he he he

  65. msrashyd on Fri, 7th Jan 2011 5:42 PM 

    @ibrahim yasir, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha veryy funny …you rock,lol

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