Remand extended for May 6 terror attack suspects

The Criminal Court has extended the remand period of the three suspects arrested in connection to the May 6 blast that left Speaker and former President of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed critiainjured.

Nasheed was taken to ADK Hospital on the night of May 6 after he sustained several injuries in the explosion near his residence in Male'. According to the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF), the blast occurred when an IED strapped to a motorcycle detonated. Multiple critical surgeries were performed on Nasheed at ADK Hospital, and he was later transferred to a German hospital to recuperate from his injuries. He has since been released from the hospital although his family informs he is still required to undergo additional medical investigations.

The three individuals arrested in connection to the attack are Mujaaz Ahmed, 21 from K. Male', Thahumeen Ahmed, 32 from Ga. Kondey and Adhuham Ahmed, 26 from GDh. Thinadhoo. Adhuham is believed to be the main suspect of the case and the person who set off the explosion. All three people have previous records involving drugs and theft, and are believed to support extremist belief.

Mujaaz Ahmed was arrested from a residence in capital Male' on May 8 while Thahumeen Ahmed was arrested the same day from reclaimed suburb Hulhumale'. The police arrested Adhuham Ahmed from his place of residence in Hulhumale' on May 9 after a member of the public came forward with information regarding his whereabouts. While 15 days have passed since they were remanded into custody, the police have confirmed that the court has extended the duration by another 15 days.

An additional arrest was made in connection to the case on May 19. Ismail Fathih, 23 from L. Gan was arrested from B. Dharavandhoo, and has been remanded into custody for 15 days.