The Maldives Police Service (MPS) has revealed the suspension of seven officers who used excessive force during a home search. In a statement published, police disclosed that a special team was set up to
perform a criminal investigation into the incident.
During last week's home search at Mafaanu Ujaalaa, a Bangladeshi national was detained on the premise with drugs. A 26-year-old local man was also apprehended on the road, who tried to escape after fleeing through a window.
Approximately 461 grams of substances suspected of being drugs were discovered in the house during the raid. A video showing the Bangladeshi person being beaten up in the process of having him arrested circulated on social media following the raid.
Police Commissioner Mohamed Hameed ordered the Professional Standards Command to investigate the incident as the actions of the arresting officers breached police code of ethics and code of conduct.
It is now verified that the seven officers involved in the incident have now been suspended, and the Police Commissioner has also asked the Maldives Human Rights Commission and the National Integrity Commission to further investigate the case.
Police have instructed the public to refrain from threatening and posting private information and images of the officers alleged to be the perpetrators and asked the public not to spread inaccurate information.
While the two suspects detained in the procedure have received medical attention, the photos circulating on social media that are said to be photographs of the wounds inflicted by the police on the suspects are not linked to the case.
The police assured that steps are being taken to ensure that the police code of ethics and code of conduct will not be transgressed in the future. The police also ensured that the authority would continue to fight in the war against drugs.