Police Commissioner Abdulla Riyaz has said that the police will hold discussions with relevant authorities with regard to taking action on the human rights violations highlighted in the reports issued on Tuesday by the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM).
The three reports published by the HRCM after its probe in to the unconstitutional arrest and subsequent detention of Criminal Court Chief Judge Abdulla Mohamed, the events of February 6-7 in Male and the Police actions on opposition protesters on February 8 had included suggestions to the police for action against officers for offences committed by Police.
In reference to the HRCM suggestions, Police Commissioner told Haveeru that he believes that the commission had carried out a thorough investigation into the events. He said that he also believes that the suggestions made in the report need to be investigated and that he has decided to hold a meeting with the Police Integrity Commission (PIC) and the HRCM on how to deal with the suggestions.
“If we (Police, PIC and HRCM) can work together in good faith and reach a mutual agreement, it will ease the (enforcement) process without having to repeat it. I want to identify the matter and approach it in a mutually agreed manner without having to deal with the same problem individually on several occasions,” Riyaz said.
He said that a decision to follow the actions proposed in the report will be reached after the discussions.
Police Commissioner said that it had requested the PIC to investigate the incidents of February 8, as it would be immoral to investigate their own actions even before the HRCM report. He said that the PIC looking in to the incidents on February 8 will enhance public confidence in the probe rather than the police investigating an internal matter.
HRCM report stated that the former President Nasheed’s order for the arrest and subsequent detention of Judge Abdulla had been unconstitutional, while stressing that the Police actions on February 8 were in violation of the laws of this country. The report also urges action to be taken against those responsible for the offences.