Deputy Transport Minister Shimaz assaulted

Deputy Transport Minister Shimaz Ali.

A group of people attacked Deputy Transport Minister Shimaz Ali on Friday night.

Maldives Reform Movement (MRM), Shimaz’s political affiliation, said that Shimaz was attacked by a group of people on the road on Friday night.

The party urged relevant authorities to find the attackers, investigate and take necessary actions.

MRM’s Vice President Aminath Naadhira said that the incident has been reported to the Police. She stressed that such attacks should not happen, and the incident should be probed as a serious matter.

Police have recently initiated a probe into threats against Shimaz, and the vandalism of his motorbike. A Police Spokesperson previously confirmed to Sun in an earlier statement confirmed that the threats against Shimaz, and the vandalism of his motorbike were brought to their attention, following which they have initiated a probe.

Shimaz was appointed as Deputy Minister on a slot awarded to the government coalition MRM in 2019.

Transport Minister Aishath Nahula has requested to dismiss Shimaz based on allegations of corruption via a letter to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih recently.

Nahula’s letter accused Shimaz of registering vehicles illegally for undue benefits.

The President’s Office’s Spokesperson Miuvaan Mohamed confirmed receiving the letter in question. He said that action would be taken against Shimaz after probe, if necessary.