May 6 attack: Charges raised against two additional suspects

Charges have been raised against two suspects arrested in connection to the May 6 terror attack against Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed.

The Prosecutor General's Office raised charges against Abdulla Ali Manik from Ha. Molhadhoo and Mohamed Thasleem from Ha. Hoarafushi. Both were charged with supporting a terrorist organization. The charges were forwarded to the Criminal court on Tuesday.

The Prosecutor General's Office earlier raised charges against seven other suspects. They are Adhuham Ahmed, Mujah Ahmed, Thahmeen Ahmed, Ali Haidham, Fahmu Ali, Mohamed Nazim and Ishaq. While their trials have already commenced, Adhuham has pleaded guilty to all charges.

A terror attack was carried out against Speaker of the Parliament and former President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed on May 6 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 in Male'. Nasheed traveled to Germany on May 13 for additional treatment, and he is currently recuperating from his injuries in the United Kingdom. Nine suspects linked to the attack are in custody.