Chief of Staff denies influence allegations

The Chief of Staff at the President's Office, Ali Zahir, Sunday addressed the allegations circulating in the media against himself and President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at a press conference held at the President's Office.

During the press conference, Ali Zahir stated that they are aware that fabricated audio clips and screenshots have gone viral, wholly denying the false allegations against the President and senior government officials, adding that the main goal of these accusations is to attempt to influence the judiciary in the cases against former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

Speaking as one of the people who had suffered injustices from the previous judicial system during the former administration, Ali Zahir said that one of the key pledges of President Solih's administration was to reform and secure judicial autonomy. He assured that this government has not and will not interfere with the judicial system of the country under any circumstance. He added that the current government had done a lot of work to reform the judiciary, and as a result, the public is gradually regaining their trust in the legal system.

Furthermore, Ali Zahir said that the main reason for circulating false allegations at this time is to try to influence the hearings scheduled against former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. He stated this tactic will not work this time and encouraged the bodies in charge of monitoring media to pay extra attention to ensuring the authenticity of the information in broadcasts and news. He further said he would resign if a genuine audio proving his involvement is leaked.