Police Commissioner Abdulla Riyaz and Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim have filed a case at the Civil Court against former President Mohamed Nasheed for defamation after the former President had called them "traitor."
Official of the law firm handling the case for the plaintiffs revealed that the case had been filed for defamation after Nasheed had called Nazim and Riyaz “traitor” during the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) rally held in Usfasgandu following the release of the Commission of National Inquiry’s (CNI) report.
Nasheed during his speech at Usfasgandu stressed that he would continue to label current Police Commissioner Abdulla Riyaz and Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim as "traitor" as they have been accused to having brought about this "coup."
"Traitor Riyaz, traitor Nazim we are still accusing you of bringing about this coup until your role is investigated and just punishment is delivered. Until such time, we are all sad that such words are being directed to your uniforms that you have soiled," he said.
Nasheed is being charged under Article 33 of the constitution and the regulation on compensation for defamation, official added.
While Nasheed is being charged for defamation, Nazim last Thursday had pledged to sue anyone who calls him a “traitor.” He further detailed that as the CNI’s report had ruled that the military had not partaken in the “coup” there were no grounds to call any military officer a “traitor.” Hence he vowed to sue anyone who calls a military officer a “traitor.”