Police Integrity Commission (PIC) has decided to take action against the police officers who acted illegally on February 6 and 7.
The PIC report regarding the illegal police acts committed on February 6-7 publicized on Thursday stated that the commission has decided to take action against the officers who acted out of line and confronted the people at the Republic Square in the early hours of February 7, the destruction given to police equipment and Maldives Police Service, the gathering by police officers at the Republic Square as it is a green zone and the acts of violence committed at the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) camp in the late hours of February 6.
Regarding the attack on the MDP camp, the commission report stated that the police had said that they had followed a group of people who attacked the police and hid inside the camp to flee from the artificial beach on the night of February 6. The report also detailed that it is aware that a group of policemen and some others had destroyed property and attacked the people inside the camp.
“The commission believes that the police entered the MDP camp in accordance with Article 8 (2) of the Police Act. The commission has decided further investigation in to the matters subsequent to their entry and take legal actions against the officers responsible,” the report said.
The PIC report stated that the clashes began at the Republic Square in the morning of February 7 as a group of MDP supporters had broken in to the area where the Police were protesting. The report also stated that the commission has found that the MDP supporters got the opportunity to enter the area as the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) officers had removed their cordon and left the area.
“The commission has reached the decision to further investigate the acts committed by the police in the clashes and take subsequent legal action,” the report said.
The commission established to investigate the illegal activities by the police stated that it has also found that some police officers who gathered at the Republic Square vandalized the Police headquarters at Shaheed Hussain Adam building. In that regard it detailed that it has learned from statements and video evidence received, that some windows were smashed, the police flag had been lowered, physical assault and some threats were made on high ranking police officers.
“These are criminal and disciplinary acts which must never be seen from police officers. The commission has reached the decision to separately investigate the acts committed and for legal proceedings to follow,” the report said.
The PIC stated that it had taken statements from 60 people regarding the investigation in to the case. PIC also revealed that it had obtained call logs of the people who were believed to have taken lead on that day. The report added that former President Mohamed Nasheed had refused to cooperate with the commission upon being requested for a statement however it stated that it had taken statements from police officers, Specialist Operations (SO) members, MNDF officers, MDP MPs and some general members of the party.