Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) Interim Deputy Leader Umar Naseer was summoned to the police headquarters today for questioning over statements he made during a rally held last December.
Speaking to the press outside police headquarters, Naseer said that police had a script of what he said during the protest on December 23 near the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA).
Naseer told the press that during the protest he spoke to the protesters about climbing “somewhere” using ladders.
A report by former Environment Minister Mohamed Aslam and National Security Advisor Ameen Faisal into the former government’s intelligence prior to February 7 noted remarks by Naseer during asking for 2,000 volunteers to storm army barracks with 50 ladders, at which point “the people inside will be with us.”
“From today onward, we will turn this protest into one that achieves results,” Naseer reportedly said. “We know how people overthrow governments. Everything needed to topple the government of this country is now complete.”
Naseer told journalists outside police headquarters today that “I have been questioned over this previously. I told them that those ladders were not used and have broken now.”
‘’There will be no evidence to prove me guilty of a criminal offence,’’ he said. ‘’In my statement I did not mention where to place the ladders or where to climb in using the ladders.’’
He also told the press that there was a political purpose behind his summoning to police for questioning over the same case for the second time.
Naseer insisted that his summons was related to the “political challenges” between parties in the current coalition government.
Naseer was unavailable for comment at time of press.