Maldives Police Service (MPS) has said that the former police intelligence head, Chief Superintendent of Police Mohamed Hameed was arrested on suspicion of inciting civil unrest.
After the restructure of the institution which came after the February 7 transfer of power, Hameed had been made Head of Service Development Directorate and had later been reassigned to Special Projects Quality Assurance.
After a search of his apartment with a court order yesterday, police arrested Hameed upon discovering credible evidence and had been transferred to Dhoonidhoo detention centre today.
Police stated that Hameed was apprehended as he had leaked confidential information related to national security to be used as leverage for a certain group of people which he had acquired while during his tenure as the head of intelligence.
The court order indicated that Hameed had been the source for the information mentioned in the report of the events leading up to the transfer of power on February 7 published by two prominent members of opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP). Former National Security Advisor Ameen Faisal and former Housing Minister Mohamed Aslam had previously stated that police intelligence information had been included in their report.
Police stated that Hameed had leaked confidential information that could create tension among the institution and fuel civil unrest and that it was something forbidden to policemen by law.
The police stated that information about the case will be provided as it progresses. A handful of MDP supporters gathered near the jetty as Hameed was transferred to Dhoonidhoo.