Ibrahim 'Ibra' Ismail on Thursday has filed a case requesting the Prosecutor General (PG) to prosecute former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom who was the then Defence Ministry Head and other high ranking officials of the Ministry over his arrest 17 years ago.
After submitting the documents to PG, speaking to reporters in front of the office, Ibra said that apart from Maumoon, Deputy Defence Minister Abdul ‘Ambaree’ Sattar and the then head of police Adam Zahir will be charged in the case. He said that he submitted the case to PG as charges had not been filed back then and that it was an unlawful influence of authority.
In an interview with Haveeru, Ibra said that he was apprehended while serving the government as an Assistant Director to the Education Development Centre (EDC) and that he believes that he was arrested because of his complaints of the increase in expenditure of the Defence Ministry.
“In reality, I do not know why I was apprehended. Defence Ministry did not accuse me of anything. I said that the Defence Ministry expenses need to be minimized at an educational meeting back then, I believe that is why I was arrested,” Ibra said.
He said that he tried to find ways to filed charge for the unlawful arrest at the time. But the case is being submitted only after the PG’s decision last Monday that such cases can be tried under Article 81 of the constitution.
“(Former) President Mohamed Nasheed was charged under the same article 81 of the constitution claiming that he (Nasheed) used unfair and unlawful influence of authority in apprehending Judge Abdulla Mohamed. Hence even if I am not a Judge, I can still try to charge and seek justice as a human being,” Ibra said.
He said that the he will also be submitting several cases of arrests made during the unrest to the PG’s office from February 7 till today.
Ibra said that around 800 people had been arrested in the violence so far, where most of them had been illegal. Hence he said that the cases of these individuals had been filed separately at the PG’s office.
Ibra said that the two cases submitted to the PG involved the police, which is why he cannot submit the case to the police for investigation. He added that the case of his arrest 17 years ago cannot be submitted to the Police Integrity Commission and the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) as these Commissions were not established back then.
“Hence I hoping that this place (PG office) would look in to these cases,” Ibra said.