MALE, Maldives - Five people have been charged with obstruction of justice following the incident involving President Solih's motorcade, in a move that has drawn both commendation and criticism in equal measure.
The charges stem from an incident on March 21, when a spirited demonstration by supporters of the opposition Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) coincided with the passing of the president's motorcade, effectively blocking its path and forcing a detour.
In response to this incident, the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) formed a special committee to investigate the circumstances surrounding the sit-in and whether proper protocol was observed, also identifying any potential security lapses.
Yet, amid the charged political climate, a controversial development has raised eyebrows across the country: the commanding officer of the presidential guards, initially suspended in relation to the incident, has been given a surprise promotion to Brigadier General rank. This unforeseen elevation has fueled speculation that the motorcade incident might have been a political trap orchestrated by the government.