Legal Politics

Parliament seeks legal counsel on fresh inquiry into 2012 govt. overthrow

The Government Oversight Committee of the Parliament has made the decision to seek legal counsel from the Parliament’s Counsel-General regarding a fresh inquiry into the incidents of February 7, 2012, which saw the downfall of former Maldivian leader Mohamed Nasheed’s administration.

The Commission on National Inquiry which had conducted the official inquiry into the case dismissed claims by Nasheed – who presently serves as the Speaker of Parliament – that he was forced out of power in a coup d’état. It also dismissed claims of mutiny and duress.

The findings continue to de disputed by Nasheed and MDP – alleging CoNI’s findings to be politically influenced.

The decision by the Government Oversight Committee comes in response to a petition sent to the Parliament by a private citizen requesting a fresh inquiry into the overthrow of Nasheed’s administration.

Members of the Government Oversight Committee convened to discuss the petition this Tuesday.

The members noted that an inquiry had already been conducted into the case, and questioned whether the Parliament had the legal grounds to launch a fresh inquiry into the case.

The members voted to seek legal counsel from the Parliament’s Counsel-General regarding the issue.

The petition names several prominent politicians as the ringleaders behind the government overthrow. They include former Maldivian leader Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, Jumhoory Party (JP) leader Qasim Ibrahim, former Home Minister Umar Naseer, Dhangethi MP Colonel (Retired) Mohamed Nazim, and Guraidhoo MP Ibrahim Riza.

MP Mohamed Nazim is incidentally also a member of the Government Oversight Committee charged with making a decision regarding a fresh inquiry into the 2012 government overthrow.

He has expressed his wish for a fresh inquiry into the case if allowed by the Parliament’s Counsel-General.

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Source URL: Sun.mv

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