Former President Mohamed Nasheed today alleged that the existing independent institutions in the country are too "cumbersome" to follow through on the recommendations made in the Commission of National Inquiry's (CNI) report set up to probe the transfer of power on February 7.
When asked whether his call to create an independent commission to launch a criminal investigation into the events of February 6, 7 and 8 noted in CNI’s report was because he had no confidence in the existing institutions, Nasheed said that the “institutions involved in the events were interconnected with each other.” He further alleged that there were many reasons why these institutions are “unable to move” to probe the cases.
“The current institutions have become cumbersome to overcome these issues. Police Integrity Commission, Human Rights Commission, Prosecutor General, Judiciary and the Justice system are unable to move forward with this,” Nasheed said speaking to reporters before departing to UK this morning.
To that end, the ex-President stressed on the importance of carrying out a probe into the main points made in the CNI report by an impartial commission set up for that purpose with the assistance of foreign observers.
While Nasheed has indicated the delay in investigating the issues highlighted CNI’s report, Government Spokesperson Abbas Adil Riza had stressed that the relevant independent institutions were handling the matter. To that end, Abbas added that some cases have already been forwarded to the PG for prosecution. Abbas further alleged that Nasheed’s claims were intended to delay and prolong that process.