President appoints Maafushi Prison shooting probe committee
MALE, August 23 (HNS) – President Mohamed Nasheed has appointed members to the special committee set up to further investigate the September 20, 2003 shooting in Maafushi prison.
The Cabinet after deliberating the matter on August 19 appointed Housing Minister Mohamed Aslam, Attorney General (AG) Abdulla Muiz and Defence Minister Thalhath Ibrahim Kaleyfaan to the committee.
According to the President’s Office, the probe will determine if more people were involved and gave orders for the shooting, which killed three inmates and injured 16 during a riot triggered by the torture and consequent death of Evan Naseem in the prison.
Five prison officers of the armed forces were found guilty of murder by the court and sentenced to life in prison following the inquiry of a Presidential Commission.
The officers include Shaheed Ali Manik, registered in the Male Municipality Dhafatharu, Ibrahim Shareef of Laam Maavah, Ziyaaraihdhoshuge, Ahmed Mujthaba Hussain of Haa Dhaal Kulhudhufushi, Nooraany Aage and Hassan Rifaau of Haa Alif Hoarafushi, Andhaleebuge.
The Head of the Maafushi prison Security Unit Adam Mohamed of Machangoalhi Dhihi was also sentenced to life in prison for involvement in murder. But the High Court reversed the sentence acquitting him of the charges.
Abdulla Ameen of Maafannu Binunimaage, Ahmed Shiyaz of Gaaf Alif Villingili, Andhaleebuge and Ali Aslam of Lhaviyani Naifaru, Cinemage died in the shooting