Until recently, the current Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed was someone who belonged to the Maldives Democracy Network, a now-dissolved organisation that had published an Islamophobic report, said opposition leader, former President Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayyoom.
Speaking in Vilin'gili (Gaafu Alifu Atoll) on a visit to campaign for the "India Out" movement, the former President had said that the Maldivian military should not be political, and should not participate in politics.
He further said that the Maldivian military should strive to rectify an elected government if they see it going astray. He said that he also wished to speak about the police service.
He said that the greatest source of discontent faced by the Maldivian people today was Islamophobia. He said that the Police Commissioner, even when he was appointed, was a member of the MDN which had published a report that had used heavily insulting language towards Islamic beliefs; Hameed had been the Vice President of the MDN since its inception.
He said that the remarks made by Commissioner Hameed regarding Islam, while he was a member of the MDN, were still accessible for all to see.
The former President said that if a ruler was afraid of losing power, he would protect his government by giving positions to his family members. He pointed out that Police Commissioner Hameed was President Solih's brother-in-law.