Male City, Maldives: The Prosecutor General of Maldives was the victim of an attack by unidentified individuals, sparking a dispute between the ruling party and the opposition. The attack on Prosecutor General Hussain Shameem was deemed by the opposition as “politically motivated,” according to local media and social media reports.
Former Maldivian president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih characterized the attack as politically motivated, prompting Home Minister Ali Ihusan to request evidence to support Solih’s claim. Solih, who is also the interim leader of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), condemned the violence, stating, “Politically motivated acts of violence have no place in a democratic society and I call on the government to be swift in bringing the perpetrators to justice.”
In response, Home Minister Ali Ihusan called for Solih to share any credible information about the motive and individuals behind the attack with the police, emphasizing the importance of cooperation in the investigation. Meanwhile, the MDP issued a statement condemning the attack and accused President Muizzu’s administration of neglecting to provide adequate protection to officials carrying out their constitutional duties.
The MDP also highlighted a perceived increase in violent assaults in the Maldives since President Muizzu took office, suggesting a connection between top government officials and criminal gangs. The party’s statement brought attention to the need for stronger measures to address and prevent such violent crimes, particularly targeting top state officials.
The political friction stemming from the attack on the Prosecutor General reflects the tensions between the ruling party and the opposition in the Maldives. The conflicting perspectives on the motive and handling of the attack have underscored the need for transparency and cooperation in addressing such incidents to uphold the principles of democracy and justice in the country.