Former Maldives Police Service intelligence head, Chief Superintendent of Police Mohamed Hameed has been arrested on Thursday.
Police media official had also confirmed the news and stressed that further details will be revealed soon.
Former National Security Advisor Ameen Faisal and former Housing Minister Mohamed Aslam had stated that police intelligence information had been included in the report of the events leading up to the transfer of power on February 7 published by the two prominent members of opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP). The institution is currently investigating the case of the leaked intelligence information.
Hameed is being detained with regard to the information leak. The police have searched the residences of police officers on Thursday in relation to the case.
The Criminal Court order arrest warrant stated “some Maldives Police Service officers facilitating a certain political group by manipulation of their authority within the institution, by acting to undermine the trust among the people towards the security forces, by partaking in a misleading report named ‘Coup by the police and armed forces’, by trying to influence witnesses willing to testify in the case of the misleading report and as it involves many others, they would try to destroy the evidence”.
Hameed was taken in to custody as an email containing a draft of the report ‘Coup by the police and armed forces’ was found in a Gmail account that belonged to him and several messages believed to be discussions on the issues within the report before the report had been publicized.