The remand period of Is’haq and Fahumy Ali arrested in connection to the IED attack targeting Parliament Speaker, former President Mohamed Nasheed on May 6, has been extended by 14 days.
Their remand was extended by the Criminal Court, during a hearing held yesterday.
Prior to this, the Police have stated that they believe Is’haq to be amongst those who played a key role in planning the attack. They also suspect him of playing in a key role in preparing Ahmed Adhuham Rasheed – the man who detonated the bomb with a remote-controlled device – for the attack.
Whilst Is’haq is counted amongst the three suspects who played key roles in planning the attack – Fahumy is also suspected to have played a role.
The Criminal Court had ordered that the investigations of these two individuals to proceed whilst they remain under police custody on July 30. Following the expiration of this period – the remand had been extended by 14 days yesterday.
MAY 6 ATTACK
A homemade remote-controlled IED was strapped to motorcycle parked nearby Nasheed’s residence, and was detonated at 08:27 pm on May 6, just as Nasheed, 54, exited his residence and went to get in his car. Nasheed was thrown to the ground and sustained multiple shrapnel wounds, while three members of his security detail and two bystanders sustained minor wounds.
Police have arrested 10 suspects in connection to the case. They are:
Thasleem and Haisham are suspected to be the other two individuals who had played a key role in planning the attack. Accordingly, Thasleem is suspected to have been the one who persuaded and instructed the rest of group that Nasheed needed to be attacked and killed. Haisham is suspected to have attached the bomb to the motorcycle.
The police had requested the Prosecutor General’s Office for charges against 5 suspects – Adhuham, Mujaz, Thahmeen, Haisham and Fathih.
Charges against four of the suspects were filed on August 3 – Adhuham, Mujaz, Thahmeen, Haisham.
Prosecutor General's Office decided against filing charges against Fathih, citing lack of sufficient evidence. Subsequently, he has been released from police custody on August 6.