Leader of opposition Progressive Congress Coalition, former President Abdullah Yameen has warned Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed and Chief of Defense Force Major General Abdullah Shamaal.
In a campaign rally held in Vilingili on Tuesday afternoon, the former President said that the duo was looking at lengthy prison sentences. He delivered harsher criticism of the Maldives Police Service (MPS), stating that they were complicit in unconstitutional acts, adding that most of these were carried out by fresh recruits.
He warned that this would not remain as the status quo for long.
“This situation will change, with the will of God. There’s no one who can challenge this. CP Hameed will have to go home or serve a lengthy prison sentence,” he said.
President Yameen also addressed officers of Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF). He said that MNDF oath asks the officers to defend the nation. However, this, he added, was being steadfastly ignored.
“I want to ask General Shamaal and others – is it your jobs that you are just concerned about?” he asked.
Noting that General Shamaal is one his nephews, the former President said that he would not hesitate to take action, if and when, the administration changes. Protection of the nation and the state, he said, was one of his unfailing values and he would stick to it – irrespective of family ties.
He called on Shamaal to refrain from implementing the April decree issued by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. The said decree criminalized the India Out movement, which calls for the ouster of Indian military officials stationed in the country.
He stressed that both the decree and implementation of it violated the constitution, adding that no personnel from any of the defense forces are obligated to implement it. He reminded that law was supreme, stating that there would be a day when those officers would be tried for this.