Crime & Justice

Maldives’ top prosecutor attacked in Male amid political turmoil

Male, Jan 31 (EFE).- Maldives’ Prosecutor General Hussain Shameem was attacked with a hammer by an unknown assailant on Wednesday morning.

Shameem was attacked moments after he parked his motorcycle near his house, he told EFE.

“I was parking my motorcycle after dropping my child off at school when I was attacked. I did not immediately recognize who the attacker was,” he said.

He was struck in his left arm and suffered a minor fracture, for which he is receiving treatment at hospital.

The Maldives Police Service said they received a report of an attack on Shameem in the morning.

They said they were investigating the incident but refused to comment further.

No arrests have been made so far.

Shameem was appointed the prosecutor general in August 2018 by then ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).

Although the government has changed since then, the MDP holds a majority in the parliament.

The next parliamentary elections in the country are scheduled to be held on Mar. 17.

Opposition lawmakers have been threatened in recent days after they sought to reject some cabinet members appointed by President Mohamed Muizzu.

Scuffles broke out in the parliament chamber as ruling party lawmakers attempted to stop the proceedings.

The parliament rejected Islamic Minister Dr. Mohamed Shameem, Housing Minister Dr. Ali Haidar and Attorney General Ahmed Usham out of the 22 cabinet members appointed by Muizzu.

However, they were reappointed hours after the parliament’s decision.

During the vote to confirm cabinet members, the MDP began gathering signatures to submit a motion to impeach Muizzu.

The party claims that some 34 members had signed the motion, which has not yet been submitted to the parliament. EFE

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