A presidential decree has declared that the report of the Commission of National Inquiry (CNI) established to probe the events leading up to following the transfer of power on February 7 must be submitted to the relevant authorities by August 30.
President’s Office detailed that President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik had made the decision in light of the request by CNI citing that its work could not be completed by July 31 as specified earlier.
The Commission’s report must be submitted to the President, Speaker of Parliament, Prosecutor General and the Attorney General.
Commission’s Co-Chair and retired Singaporean Judge G.P Selvam claimed that the new date to complete the investigation report is expected to be by the end of August.
Selvam explained that the delay in completing the report was down to the fact that over 200 people had registered to provide information related to the events of the regime change and hence the Commission wants to facilitate the process of obtaining accounts from as many people as possible.
The retired Judge also claimed that it was his policy to allow the opportunity for as many people as possible to provide evidence to the Commission’s investigation before the final report is issued.
In addition, the holdup in reconstituting the composition of the Commission was another reason for the delay in completing the report, CNI said.
The government had agreed to change the composition of the Inquiry Commission after the Commonwealth had warned stronger measures if the Commission is not revised to make it more independent, impartial and generally acceptable to the people.