Opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has said today that the party does not trust the Commission of National Inquiry (CNI) set up by President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik to investigate the circumstances surrounding the change of government on February 7.
The party had earlier expressed full confidence in the commission after the appointment of a Judge from Singapore as the Co-chair of the commission, the appointment of international observers and the approval of a representative on behalf of former President Mohamed Nasheed to the commission.
MDP’s Spokesperson and Maafanu-North constituency MP Imthiyaz ‘Inthi’ Fahmy said today that Nasheed’s representative to the commission Ahmed ‘Gahaa’ Saeed informing that several incidents on the day of Nasheed’s downfall had been omitted from the draft report compiled by the commission has been a source of concern for the party, and alleged that the CNI had not interviewed certain stakeholders.
“Bank statements and phone call recordings (of the people accused of instigating the change in government) as agreed with the CMAG (Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group) had not been reviewed,” Imthiyaz said.
He said that the “tone of President Waheed and former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has changed drastically” regarding the report as well.
Imthiyaz said that even if held at “gunpoint” MDP cannot accept the report if incidents that hold several witness accounts are omitted from the report and that though there had been a representative on behalf of Nasheed present in the commission the majority of the commission were appointed by President Waheed.
He also revealed that several people have been arriving in Male for when the report is to be released but that the security forces have been obstructing their arrival.