The Singapore Foreign Ministry has stressed that the country had no involvement in the appointment of retired Singapore High Court Judge G P Selvam as co-chair of the Commission of National Inquiry (CNI) set up to probe the circumstances surrounding the transfer of power on February 7.
In response to media queries, an MFA spokesperson told Singapore’s News Asia that the government of Maldives and the Commonwealth Secretariat had made direct approaches to some retired Singapore judges to co-chair the Commission of National Inquiry.
The spokesperson added that it was Mr Selvam's personal decision to accept the appointment by the Government of Maldives.
Selvam had served as a Singapore High Court Judge from March 1, 1994 till July 7, 2004.
The members in the CNI after it was reconstituted yesterday would include the original three members of the Commission Ismail Shafeeu, Dr Ali Fawaz Shareef and Dr Ibrahim Yasir, while retired Singaporean judge, Justice Selvam has been appointed as the Co-chair and Ahmed ‘Gahaa’ Saeed would act in the Commission as a representative of former President Mohamed Nasheed.
President’s Office revealed that two representatives from the Commonwealth and the United Nations will act as advisors to the commission.
The Commission’s report of its investigations is to be submitted to the President by July 31, 2012.
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.