Defence Ministry sacks ten aviation security officers

Citing budgetary constraints, the Defence Ministry sacked ten aviation security officers on Sunday

According to an Aviation Security Command (ASC) announcement, three Superintendents, four Corporals and three Staff Sergeants were made redundant.

However, the ASC had been hiring new officers as late as December. An announcement posted on the government gazette on November 20 called for applications for 13 aviation security officers. Interviews took place between December 17 – 21.

Following ex Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim’s January 20 dismissal, changes were brought to senior positions within the military.

Nazim is now in police custody, standing trial for smuggling weapons, after police discovered a pistol and three bullets during a midnight raid on January 18.

The retired Colonel claims weapons were planted at his home.

Prior to Nazim’s arrest on February 10, President Abdulla Yameen retired Vice Chief of Defense Forces Ahmed Mohamed and appointed Brigadier General Ahmed Shahid to the post.

Changes brought to military ranks in late January include the dismissal of Major Ahmed Faisal and Captain Ibrahim Naeem from the posts of head of the Special Protection Group (SPG) and Head of Armory, respectively.

Lieutenant Colonels Ahmed ‘Papa’ Fayaz and Abdul Rauf were appointed to head the SPG and Armory respectively.

Dozens of Maldives National Defence Force Officers (MNDF) officers were sacked during the disputed presidential elections of November 2013.

Nine soldiers including former head of military intelligence Brigadier General Ahmed Nilam, Brigadier General Abdulla Shamal, Captain Abdulla Muizz Musthafa and Sergeant Major Naushad Ali were dismissed in December 2013 after President Yameen assumed power.

Nilam and Muizz subsequently sued the state for unfair dismissal.

The Civil Court last Thursday threw out Nilam’s lawsuit, stating they were unable to summon Nilam to court as he had provided the wrong address on case documents.

Muizz’s case is ongoing.