Turkish training will strengthen police, says Commissioner Riyaz

Police Commissioner Abdulla Riyaz has hailed a new agreement between the Turkish Government and the Maldives Police Service (MPS) as providing the means to strengthen the institution.

Returning from an official trip to Turkey last week, Riyaz posted a video statement online revealing the full details of the memorandum of understanding with Turkish police.

“They have agreed to give us 5 slots in a degree programme in a security studies course, as well as 2 slots in a masters programme, scheduled to start in their Police Academy next month,” he explained.

The police commissioner also revealed that the MPS will, in future, be offered instruction in policing corruption, drugs, and serious organised crime.

“We have also asked for assistance with obtaining police electronics, computers, vehicles and infrastructure. They appeared positive and said they will respond to proposals on a case by case, project by project basis,” he continued.

The Turkish government has reportedly been offering similar training and assistance to a number of countries this year, including Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Albania, Mongolia, Palestine, Uzbekistan, and Azerbaijan.

Riyaz’s announcement of the deal’s specifics follows criticisms by former President Mohamed Nasheed over what he believes is a lack of police reform following the publication of the Commission of National Inquiry (CoNI) report last year.

Speaking at the opening of a Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) campaign outlet in Male’ yesterday (August 19), Nasheed reportedly told supporters that he had failed to see any police reform, despite his acceptance of the CoNI report being based solely on this feature.

The report, designed to investigate the circumstances surrounding Nasheed’s controversial resignation on February 7, 2012, urged changes to the country’s judiciary, legislature, certain independent institutions, and the police service.

Nasheed and the ousted MDP have maintained that the former president’s resignation took place under duress during a police and military mutiny, and that the ensuing government of Dr Mohamed Waheed is illegitimate.

Whilst ruling the transfer of power not to have been a coup, the commission recommended “immediate steps be taken to provide assistance and encouragement…with a view to their increased effectiveness and general performance in the service of the common good and public interest.”

Commissioner Riyaz, appointed immediately after Nasheed’s controversial resignation, has been condemned by the MDP for his alleged role in the former president’s exit from office.

Despite his misgivings over the police’s progress towards addressing the CoNI report’s recommendations, Nasheed struck a conciliatory tone towards police, urging cooperation from his supporters.

“During this period, I urge all members of this party to smile at police officers, to care for them, to cooperate with them and trust them,” he said.

Local media also reported Nasheed as expressing his wish to address each police officer individually in his attempts to press ahead with reforming the institution.

“I believe that Maldives cannot have stability without reforming the police service,” said Nasheed.

Riyaz last month said he would not follow any unconstitutional orders, following a leaked document purported to be the MDP’s plans for introducing decentralised security services in the event of victory in next month’s presidential poll. The document was disowned by Nasheed’s party.


17 thoughts on “Turkish training will strengthen police, says Commissioner Riyaz”

  1. Wonder what the Mullahs think about the police being trained in a secular state. Well, the Mullahs can p*ss off anyway.

  2. So would virginity tests be introduced in Maldives? Hope not.


  3. The Turks have also trained the police forces of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Albania, Mongolia, Palestine (didn't know it was an independent country), Uzbekisthan and Azerbaijan........all banana republics with a reputation for political instability and authoritarian rule.
    The MPS will be in good company in Turkey!!

  4. Turkey is a country where tourists can walk on streets anytime without fear..this is why millions of tourists visit there .also it is almost impossible to see a beggers on streets ...everyone is working to earn money...In poverty India everyweek these babarians rape foreign tourists..and every few meters you can meet atleat 3 beggers,,above all travel agents organise package tours to beg outside mosques in Middle East during Ramadan period ..what else poverty mokneys think and do???

  5. @ Miss India
    "The Turkish government has reportedly been offering similar training and assistance to a number of countries this year, including Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Albania, Mongolia, Palestine, Uzbekistan, and Azerbaijan."
    You are right. These states, except Mongolia (please correct!), are all kleptocratic unstable police states.
    @ Miss. Male.
    You are wrong! Istanbul is full of beggars (probably you have never been to Turkey, and I doubt if you are a female miss..). Rape is very common in Turkey, but goes unpunished, while raping a tourist would be a serious crime. Just the same as in the Maldives.
    But you are right that India and Pakistan is full of Muslim beggars outside mosques.

  6. To all you primitive islanders.....all 350,000 of you short, fat and dim people:
    There is nothing wrong or shameful in being a (relatively) poor country.....relative to developed economies not some unstable overcrowded banana republic in the Indian Ocean.....hint hint.
    We are a free, democratic and secular country despite being 86% hindu with one of the fastest growing economies on the planet.....something you dumb 'true believers' will never achieve.....I guess your mad mullahs will expect you to behead all the 'kuffars' of the world before you become you become secular and allow freedom of worship.
    I find the 'superior' airs of you dumb islanders quite astonishing. I suggest the next time you go shopping for food, medicines (not drugs which you get from your sunni brothers in terroristan), clothing, building materials and just about everything else.....look for the MADE IN INDIA label.
    Sent from my ipad from the back seat of my big black limo, New Delhi.
    No comments in poor Maldivian English puhleease!!

  7. Turkish Police have great expertise in arresting and imprisoning journalists who dare to criticise the Erdogan regime, also in violently repressing legitimate public protests..could be useful in The Maldives?

  8. This so called India is free ,democratic,secular country ?oh my foot...this is why these one million donkeys have selected an ex-bar maid cum baby sitter (worked in canbridge , UK)to run their poverty land and she is sqeezing maximum from these donkeys...Made in India food and pharmaceuticals???..even African countries are banning the KUWALIDY is so high..60% of Indians are s****ing under open air thus germs are there in entire Indian products...India is the only country in the world where people gather to see cars on road and Indian donkeys when visit Europe photograph flashy cars on streets he he he ..

  9. I have been In Turkey where millions Europeans visit every year all months ...it is possible even women with short dress can walk on streets even in night ..I have travelled even 300km interior Turkey never met a single begger ...people sell something view cards,fruits to make money

    by the way azerbaijan,uzbekistan,kazakistan,tukemistan all talk Turkish language in different accent..

  10. Obviously the male Miss has never been either to Europe or India.
    And, Derek. True! there are more journalists in jail in Turkey than in any other country.

  11. "Miss Male" is probably not a women. O.m.G. 300 km that's a long way in Turkey, and looking the other way all the time..
    No the Turks talk Turkic with a different accent and differences in vocabulary, just as Maldivians and Sri Lankans talk Old Sinhalese, probably with a different accents as well.
    And going 30+ years back in the Maldives there were no beggars in the Islands either, this was when everyone paid the Zakat, which at this time actually was given to the poor according to the Sharia.

  12. Miss Male is probably a short, fat, dim Maldivian ladyboy living in the wrong part of Male in an overcrowded tenement.
    From the poor English I would say lower class and somebody who has never travelled abroad.....except perhaps to further his limited education in some backstreet madrasa in Karachi.
    To the dumb arrogant morons like him who go on harping about the poverty in India, let me just say there are more dollar millionaires in India than there are people in Maldives.....people who are better educated than you, far wealthier than you and who don't live in an overcrowded capital city crawling with drug addicts.....classy people like me poppets.
    Much of the narcotic drugs circulating in western Europe come from Turkey. Turkey is however the ONLY muslim country that is secular. Clearly the imams in Turkey don't preach hatred against other faiths and brainwash their young into believing they are the epicentre of the whole goddam universe.....like you do.

  13. he he he yes there are few millionaires in poverty India but millions of beggers this is the true story ....what a joke ? it seems these poverty Indian women and men are so beautiful ...in poverty India most ladies use Miss are over 50+ and still love to call them Miss...In Turkey there is rule ..law and order which is not available in POVERTY INDIA ...which is the biggest illiterate,poverty country in the world where they worship an uneducated ...Italian cobblers daughter as mother ...Turkey and Maldives are being ruled by sons of soil...India today is a laughing stock in world arena ..two recent examples..USD 400 million Russian submarine on the way to scrap yard was bought by poverty Indian politicians for a cut again paid USD 470 million for repair to Russians now under the sea...second Italian government slapped poverty Indian that they cant send witness regarding shooting incident in Arabian sea...How many rapes in Delhi today?????

  14. @ Nils

    Go to Antalya in Turkey if you can afford for one week holiday at one of their 5 star hotel...they will arrange a trip to see villages and ruines 300km from the city.

    Go to Europe and see how these monkeys from poverty India behave ..if a white girl in short dress walk they look her with open mouth..if she smile they think she is inviting them same Indians take pictures of cars even ticket vending machines..even BANGLADESHIES know how to behave in Europe...while European hotels prohibit cooking inside rooms these dirty Indians bring provisions and cooker from home and spoil the hotel..many hotels frown with these dirty Indians now finally SONY DVD packet with "made in India" label ..with warning saying this will spoil the recorder..he he he INDIAN KUWALIDY the only Indian products well known globally today are RAPE,CORRUPTION and POVERTY

  15. Will the gay crossdresser of Male please shut up? Your comments in poor 'Maldivian English' are very irritating.
    You disparaging comments on Sonia Gandhi is in fact a source of great pride to us Indians. That we Indians can accept a foreign born barmaid and catholic to lead our main political party is testament to our open, democratic and secular society.....something you dumb morons and 'Gods chosen people' will never understand. I wonder how many centuries of political maturity it will take before a non muslim heads any political party in the 100% muslim Maldives.....or indeed a shia muslim!! (I'm rolling about laughing now)
    As for the submarine sweetie.....you poverty stricken islanders cannot afford to pay for an airport upgrade never mind a submarine. $580 million for the refit probably equals your entire annual GDP.
    Sadly for you, we have just launched an indigenously made nuclear powered aircraft carrier costing billions of dollars. I am sure your little atolls are now within range of the cruise missiles from the navel base in Mumbai itself.....no need to set out to sea.
    Seriously though poppets, I find it highly amusing that you neanderthals consider yourselves superior to us Indians. You have the population and economy of a small suburb of New Delhi. You should be comparing yourselves with other small nonentity nations like Somalia, Zimbabwe, Pakistan (your sunni brothers), Yemen (more sunni brothers), Afghanistan (even more sunni brothers) and North Korea.
    Just remember poppets.....there are millions of Indians like me too.....well educated, well travelled, filthy rich and beautiful.

  16. Dear Miss Male, who or whatever you are.

    I have worked in Turkey, travelled in most of the country, as well as stayed at top level hotels; but would surely not waste my time at a tourist hotel in Antaliya, or go on a 300 km arranged trip to see ruins.
    The many Turks I know and have worked with don't live by selling postcards and fruits..
    I enjoy my stays in Turkey, and like the Turks, but without brainless tourist delusions about female safety, or lack of poverty due to postcard sales.


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