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Maldivian's Official Review of Change in Governments, Having Problems Getting Phone Call Recordings

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August 08, 2012

Maldivian's Official Review of Change in Governments, Having Problems Getting Phone Call Recordings

By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Contributor

The Commission of National Inquiry (CNI), set up by the Maldivian government to investigate events surrounding a recent change in the nation’s ruling regime, is having difficulties in getting phone call recordings.

The recordings are believed to be in the possession of the nation’s Telecommunications Authority (TAM). The CNI was able to get telephone call logs.

“We are having difficulties in getting the phone call recordings. [TAM] does not see the importance of having a [regulation to release call recordings]. Apparently they can’t forward us the call recordings,” said Ibrahim Yasir, who is affiliated with CNI, in a statement quoted by Minivan News.

Co-chair G. P. Selvam said CNI will soon finish its inquiry on the Feb. 7 2012 events and send a report to officials on August 29. He expects CNI will not be able to press any criminal charges. “This is not a criminal investigation, and we don’t have the authority to call on the PG [Prosecutor General] to press charges against specific people,” Selvam said.

The focus of the inquiry is whether former President Mohamed Nasheed was removed from office legitimately or illegitimately, Selvan added.

Through the course of its investigation, CNI spoke to 269 people. There are 16 others who need to be interviewed.

Among the events being reviewed were the transfer of power, an alleged military mutiny and Nasheed stepping down in what was called a coup d’état and has been described also as a “forced resignation.” It was claimed by Amnesty International that Maldivian police and military used violence against a peaceful rally which supported the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).

Nasheed’s regime was weighed down by many problems such as debt, an economic downturn, overprinting of the local currency, unemployment and corruption, according to allegations from various online sources.

During the commotion, the government of Sri Lanka said it would not intervene saying it was an "internal matter," TMCnet said.

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