Parliament’s Independent Institutions Committee has launched an investigation into alleged harassment of a female staff member by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chair, Mohamed Fahmy.
Local newspaper Haveeru reported that the incident occurred on May 29 and the victim was a female senior research officer.
According to the paper, both Fahmy and the victim were summoned to committee after the complaint was lodged in the first week of June.
Fahmy was alleged to have called the female staff member over to him, taken her hand and asked her to stand in front of him so that others in the office could not see, and caressed her stomach saying ”it won’t do for a beautiful single woman like you to get fat.”
According to local media, the woman told her family about the incident, who then called Fahmy. Fahmy then sent her a text message apologising for the incident, reportedly stating, “I work very closely with everyone. But I have learned my lesson this time.”
Speaking to Minvian News today, Fahmy said the allegation was false “and a blatant lie.”
“The female staff member concerned did not win a scholarship to Singapore, and that is why she is doing this in return,” Fahmy said.
He alleged the claim was politically motivated issue, as she would have otherwise filed the case with police and not parliament.
“All I have to say is that it isn’t true,” he added.
Police Sub-Inspector Hassan Haneef said the police cases database did not show that the case had been reported.