Alhan alleges assault on him financed by ex-VP Adeeb

Alhan Fahmy speaks during a press conference at Jumhoory Party (JP) headquarters on November 13, 2018. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Alhan Fahmy alleges the assault on him on February 1, 2014 was financed by former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Gafoor.

Former parliamentarian Alhan Fahmy signed with Jumhoory Party (JP) last Tuesday night.

Answering a question by ‘Sun’ during the press conference held after the signing, Alhan said his personal investigation into the assault uncovered evidence the assault was financed by Adeeb – who had been serving as Minister of Tourism at the time.

Alhan was at the restaurant, Breakwater, located in Male’ City, on February 1, 2014 when he was stabbed with a knife.

“The police, during their investigation, failed to make sufficient inquiry into my claim. My personal investigation proved to be beyond a shadow of doubt that the assault was carried out by people hired by former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb,” said Alhan.

Alhan Fahmy speaks during a press conference at Jumhoory Party (JP) headquarters on November 13, 2018. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Alhan said he feared the evidence may be lost, and therefore unofficially alerted Commissioner of Police Hamdhoon Rasheed. He said he will file an official request with the Maldives Police Service after President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (Ibu)’s inauguration on November 17.

He said he didn’t previously press for investigation into the claim not due to lack of evidence, but due to is lack of trust in President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s administration.

“This was a crime committed by a person close to President Yameen. I chose to bid my time because I believed the investigation may possibly have led to President Yameen himself, and the administration in such circumstances would not have allowed the investigation to continue,” said Alhan.

Alhan Fahmy is taken to the hospital on February 1, 2014. (File Photo/V News)

He expressed confidence the case will be re-examined during President-elect Solih’s administration, and that he will get justice.

‘Sun’ contacted Adeeb’s attorney, Moosa Siraj for a comment regarding Alhan’s allegation.

Siraj said Adeeb was ready to answer all questions by investigators once Solih assumes office. He said Adeeb will therefore provide his full cooperation into an investigation over Alhan’s allegation.

Siraj also said the veracity of Alhan’s allegation can only be determined through a free and unbiased investigation.

Though the MPS’s investigation into the assault on Alhan initially pointed to the involvement of multiple suspects, the Prosecutor General’s Office filed charges against only one suspect. The court has yet to issue a judgement in the case.