CNI halts investigation to accommodate composition changes

The Commission of National Inquiry (CNI), established to ascertain the circumstances behind the controversial transfer of power on February 7, has temporarily ceased its work to accommodate changes to its composition.

According to local newspaper Haveeru, the CNI has said its investigation had been discontinued as of May 16 to allow for changes approved by President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan to come into effect.

On April 16, The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (GMAG) warned of taking “stronger measures” against the Maldives government should it not revise the composition and mandate of the CNI within 30 days over concerns about its impartiality.

A day before CMAG’s deadline, the government agreed to allow a retired Singaporean judge to co-chair the CNI, and also permit former President Mohamed Nasheed to appoint a representative to the commission.