Passport of former defence minister Nazim’s wife held

The passport of the wife of former Minister of Defence and National Security Mohamed Nazim is also being held by authorities.

Nazim’s lawyer Maumoon Hameed confirmed that the passport of the former minister’s wife Afaaf Abdul Majeed’s was held on Tuesday night (27 January), along with Nazim’s, under a court order.

Meanwhile, Maldives Police Services revealed on January 29 that it found a pistol and a makeshift explosive device at Nazim’s home during a raid on January 18. Nazim was dismissed from the cabinet on January 20.

Commissioner of Police Hussein Waheed told media last week that, after searching Nazim’s home using “forced entry”, the police found a 9mm handgun, an improvised explosive device, 3 bullets, and a magazine.

Maumoon Hameed,who replaced former Attorney General Azima Shukoor this week – released a statement last week denying his client’s knowledge of the items.

“The items claimed to have been found at Colonel Mohamed Nazim’s residence by Police Commissioner Hussein Waheed do not belong to Colonel Nazim or his family, and if there were any items were present at the house, they were there without Colonel Nazim’s or his family’s knowledge,” read the statement.