PG requested to monitor investigation into MP's alleged assault

MP for Naifaru Ahmed Shiyam. (Sun Photo/Ahmed Saeed)

Opposition coalition parties PPM and PNC have requested the Prosecutor General’s Office to closely monitor the investigation into MP Shiyam’s alleged assault and forceful removal from the parliament floor on June 1. 

MP Shiyam was injured in the fracas that occurred after the Speaker Mohamed Nasheed announced the MP’s name three times to leave the floor during the session that night.

MP Shiyam refused to leave, prompting MPs from the governing MDP to forcefully remove the MP. Opposition coalition lodged a police case alleging that the MP was assaulted during the commotion which left him injured.

PPM alleges that MP Shiyam was deliberately attacked on the orders of Speaker Mohamed Nasheed who is the leader of the governing MDP. PPM later said that the MP had fractured a rib due to the scuffle.

A letter sent by the coalition to the PG requested the PG to oversee the investigation in an impartial manner that ensures the investigation is not influenced in any way. 

Home Minister Imran Abdulla has previously said that the matter would be investigated by the Police as it was the duty and responsibility, which resulted in governing MDP’s leadership and high-level MPs lashing out against the Home Minister.

MP Shiyam has since said that he may have to travel abroad to obtain treatment for the injuries. Protests have also been held in five islands regarding the events inside the parliament that saw a constitutional amendment pass.