New Evidence Uncovered, says Police

The Maldives Police Service has disclosed that they have uncovered new evidence regarding the recent arrests they made conjoined with the current political situation of Maldives.

In a Press conference held on Sunday, Spokesperson, Superintendent of Police Ahmed Shifan said that they have recovered US$ 215,000 and MVR 150,000 in cash from a bag belonging to the arrested Supreme Court Judge Ali Hameed Mohamed.

The police further said that they have obtained documentary evidence of purchases of flats and other such assets by the judges from the Maldives and abroad using money obtained from bribes. They confirmed that a prominent Maldivian company had loaned USD 2.4 million to the family of Judge Ali Hameed.

Ahmed Shifan also highlighted that critical evidence and information crucial to the investigation has been recovered from a black suitcase which was removed from Endherimaage, the official residence of Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom. The evidence indicates that Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom’s son, Faris Maumoon was directly linked to the attempt made to topple the government illegally.

“The suitcase was retrieved from the home of an employee of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. This employee is currently in Police custody,” Ahmed Shifan said.

Maldivian police charge that several individuals had been attempting to overthrow a legitimate government.  Those arrested in this connection so far are Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom; Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed; Supreme Court Justice Ali Hameed Mohamed; Judicial Administrator at the Department of Judicial Administration Hassan Saeed Hussain; Ibrahim Siyad Qasim.