President Yameen does not have gang affiliations, Umar tells the Majlis

Home Minister Umar Naseer has retracted a July 2013 statement accusing President Abdulla Yameen of connections with the illegal drug trade and gangs.

The retraction came in response to a question by opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MP Fayyaz Ismail in the People’s Majlis on Wednesday.

Naseer had been summoned to the parliament today by MDP MP Rozaina Adam for questions over the Home Ministry’s programs in her constituency Addu Atoll Meedhoo.
After losing to Yameen in the ruling Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) primaries in 2013, Naseer at a rally accused Yameen of having illicit connections to gangs, the drug trade and a role in the murder of PPM MP and Islamic scholar Dr Afrasheem Ali. The police said the murder was politically motivated.

Naseer also accused Yameen of vote rigging, claiming he had been backed by members of gangs and drug cartels and that criminals convicted of trafficking and dealing drugs were seen wearing Yameen’s campaign caps during PPM primaries.

“Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s children were with Yameen, the largest gangsters in the country were with Yameen, all the drug cartels in the country were with Yameen, the most corrupted people were with Yameen, the whole elections committee was with Yameen and a large chunk of PPM’s parliament members gathered around Yameen,” Naseer said.

He also said a suspect arrested and questioned by the police in the murder of Dr Afrasheem Ali was at the PPM office to meet Yameen.

Subsequently Naseer was dismissed from the party and went on to back Jumhooree Party (JP) candidate Gasim Ibrahim. In the second round of polls, the JP endorsed Yameen on the condition of forming a coalition government.

Naseer was appointed as the Home Minister under a cabinet slot allocated for the JP. With the coalition’s break up, Naseer is now the sole minister representing the JP.

In an exclusive interview to Minivan News in January, Naseer described his allegations against Yameen as merely “political rhetoric”.

“That was political rhetoric. We were repeating MDP’s lines. What happens in presidential primaries is that you are competing for the top position of the nation, so you use every tool you have. I am now the Home Minister, but I do not see any indication of [Yameen] being involved in such acts. If at any point I do see such an indication, I will not hesitate to investigate it.” Umar said at the time.

Yameen has also denied the allegations of corruption and afilliation with criminal organizations

A 2012 study of the Maldives’ gang culture revealed that “political and business elites” exploit gangs to carry out a range of illegal activities including the suppression of opponents and carrying out tasks to help maintain popularity or divert media attention from political issues.


4 thoughts on “President Yameen does not have gang affiliations, Umar tells the Majlis”


    See that muscle-bound heroind peddler over there, right next to you, Umar?

    He talked. He confessed to everything during a short interrogation session. And yes, he's implicated you AND your fast friend Abdulla Yameen of financing and providing police protection to the gangs.

  2. Hohoho...

    This was not what you ranted day after day, when you were competing against him.

    Mordisians, the land of hypocrisy and disinformation.

    You repeat a lie enough times, even the victim believes them as truth!

  3. Umar, the very least respect we had for you has also now gone. You're a perfect liar.


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