Parking fine tops complaints to police watchdog

Parking fine complaints top the cases filed against the Maldives police service, police watchdog said Monday.

Speaking during a ceremony to launch the National Integrity Commission (NIC) new website, the commission's vice president Yoosuf Maaniu Mohamed said though parking fine was not in its mandate, most complaints were over allegedly wrongful parking tickets.

He however, did not divulge any details.

The new oversight body was formed last year to replace the Police Integrity Commission (PIC) and the Customs Integrity Commission (CIC) under a law passed by the parliament.

The NIC acts as the oversight body for the country's law enforcement agencies – including the police, the Maldives Customs Service, the Maldives Correctional Services and the immigration department – mandated to investigate alleged violations of laws and regulations by employees, take administrative action, and forward cases for a police investigation to pursue criminal prosecution.

The commission can also recommend changes to regulations and procedures and assess the effectiveness of the law enforcement agencies.

The new website would soon offer the public the chance to submit complaints online, Maaniu said.