May 6 attack: Three suspects to remain detained pending trial

Three out of the five suspects arrested in connection to the May 6 terror attack will remain in custody pending trial.

The May 6 attack targeted Speaker of the Parliament and former President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed by detonating an IED as he entered his vehicle near his residence in capital Male'. According to the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF), the IED was strapped to a motorcycle parked nearby. Nasheed sustained serious injuries in the attack and multiple critical surgeries were performed on Nasheed at ADK Hospital. The Speaker is currently recuperating from his injuries abroad. Five suspects have been arrested in connection to the attack thus far. They are Adhuham Ahmed (25), Mujaz Ahmed (21), Thahmeen Ahmed (32), and Ahmed Fathih (23) and Ali Haisham (27).

Maldives Police Service has requested the Prosecutor General's Office to raise charges against four suspects. The court on Wednesday decided that three suspects will remain in custody until the end of the trial. They are Adhuham Ahmed, Mujaz Ahmed and Thahmeen Ahmed. They were the first suspects to be arrested following the attack.

The police believe Adhuham to be the main suspect, and the person who detonated the IED. Thahmeen is the owner of the motorcycle to which the IED was strapped. Mujaz is believed to have taken part in scheming the attack.