Commission of National Inquiry (CNI) set up to probe the circumstances surrounding the transfer of power on February 7, Thursday expressed concern for the delay in receiving information from Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM) and Police Integrity Commission.
During the press conference held by the Commission every other Thursday, CNI member Ahmed ‘Gahaa’ Saeed revealed that letters had been sent to HRCM and Police Integrity Commission on July 2 and 3 while a response had been received on July 4 and 8 respectively from the two institutions.
“I just made this point as their work would greatly ease ours and would also make our investigation more complete,” Saeed said.
He added that both the HRCM and Police Integrity Commission had stated that the respective investigations were still ongoing.
“Their aim is to also complete the work by July 31. One of the Commission’s had stated that. We understand how demanding their work would be as this is no easy task. But we also, like everyone want to finish this as quickly as possible,” Saeed explained.
Commission’s member Dr Ali Fawaz Shareef said that 152 hours had been spent on interviewing 224 people so far. In addition to volunteers, CNI had made requests to some to provide information to the investigation, he added.
CNI member Dr Ibrahim Yasir revealed that a decision had not yet been made on a specific period to complete the probe and added that no dialogue had taken place with the government on extending the period thus far.
“We are striving to finish the interviews within this month. A specific date will be given to the government after we decide on the period needed to write up the report. We are really confident that we can complete the Commission’s work by August 31,” Dr Yasir stated.