In response to the call in the Commission of National Inquiry (CNI) report to investigate the many illegal actions of the Police during February 6-8, President of Police Integrity Commission (PIC) Shahindha Ismail has said that specifics of the violations of the law by Police must be made clear.
Shahindha further said that the Integrity Commission was already investigating the acts by Police on the three days in question. She added that she is not aware what the CNI had asked the Integrity Commission to investigate in relation to its report.
She also said that it would have been easy for the Commission to take action against the perpetrators if the CNI had “clearly stated what the illegal actions of the Police were” in the report.
“In addition to the actions witnessed, photographic and video evidence this Commission is also investigating several complaints that have been filed. It’s difficult to clearly say anything as the CNI’s report had been so general after such a comprehensive inquiry. We have also undertaken several investigations into the related incidents,” Shahindha detailed.
She further expressed hope that CNI would outline exactly what the Integrity Commission needs to investigate. On that note, Shahindha added that after the investigation of Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM), the Integrity Commission had been asked to investigate certain incidents.
“Hence I hope that CNI would also inform us of what exactly we need to do,” she said.
Shahindha alleged that while the Integrity Commission has been put down in the CNI’s report as one of the institutions that needs to be strengthened, the Commission had not been consulted by the CNI over the actions of the Police. To that end, she added that the original three members prior to the reconstitution of the CNI had met with the Integrity Commission to discuss ways in which to exchange cooperation between the two Commissions.
“I’m not saying that the Police Integrity Commission is a perfectly functioning institution. I think if such a report highlights that this Commission needs to be strengthened, it must also indicate details and suggestions of areas that needs to be improved,” Shahindha added.
The President of the Integrity Commission further revealed that the report of its investigation into the incidents of February 6, 7 and 8 has now been completed and would be released shortly.