National Enquiry Commission (NEC) set up to probe the circumstances surrounding the transfer of power on February 7 has temporarily ceased the process of collecting information for the investigation.
A statement released by the Commission Thursday, revealed that the collection of information had been temporarily ceased until the proposed changes to its composition are completed.
“Following the decision by the government to revise the composition of the Commission and extending the deadline given to the Commission to complete its investigation till July 31, 2012, the process of gathering information for the probe has been discontinued for the time being as of May 16, 2012 until the changes proposed by the government are made to the Commission,” statement read.
The government had decided to appoint a retired Judge from Singapore as the Co-Chair and a nominee of former President Mohamed Nasheed to the Commission, following the call by the Commonwealth to revise the NEC in order to make it more independent, impartial and generally acceptable by the people.
Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) had claimed that the former President had submitted his nomination for the Enquiry Commission after the government had rejected the nine names proposed earlier.
While the work of the Enquiry Commission had been temporarily halted, the Commission had already questioned over 70 people in relation to the investigation.