Home Minister Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed said today that the previous attempts to ensure the autonomy and independence of the Police Service had failed and alleged that the institution had been used as a private service of certain political figures earlier.
Speaking during the ceremony held today to mark the conclusion of the training program to combat terrorism; Home Minister further alleged that the Police Service had been severely tainted with the political influence last year. He added that the institution was seen as a private service rather than a Police institution.
The two week training program under the assistance of the US government was conducted for 25 officers of the Maldives Police Service. The ceremony held to mark the conclusion of the training program was attended by Police Commissioner Abdulla Riyaz and some heads of the Police.
Dr Jameel during his speech pledged to liberate the Police Service from political influence and make the institution independent and impartial.
Highlighting the recent allegations of fraud and illicit acts carried out by the Police, Home Minister stressed that refuting and rebutting the accusations alone would not suffice and vowed to investigate the allegations through the independent institutions established under the Police Act.
Similar to most countries, Maldives also needed to be weary of the threats of terrorism, Minister said. On that note, he pointed out the Sultan Park bombing of 2007 and the arson attacks carried out on February 8 which had seriously hindered the country’s economy.
He also pledged to bring the perpetrators of the violence on February 8 to justice.