Prosecutor General Aishath Bisham’s car was set on fire around 3 am early Monday morning while it was parked at a public parking zone.
Ahmed Thaufeeq, the PG office spokesman, told the Maldives Independent that the government-issued car is usually parked in the office garage. “But as the roads are under construction they were unable to access the garage for parking,” he said.
The car was parked on Janavareemagu in front of an office formerly used by First Lady Fathmath Ibrahim, a block away from the PG office on the capital’s main thoroughfare Majeedhee Magu.
The police in a statement called the torching a “dangerous act intended to weaken the criminal justice system and to create a negative perception of the system among the public.”
A special team has been formed to investigate the arson attack, it added.
The police told local media that the car was torched by two men on a motorbike. A privately-owned car was also reportedly set on fire with a ‘petrol bomb’ in the early hours of September 27.
According to the military’s fire and rescue service, the fire was put out ten minutes after it was reported. The back seat was damaged beyond repair and the rear windshield and backdoor windows were smashed.
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