Former vice president Ahmed Adeeb’s family has dismissed “slanderous” allegations made by former lawmaker Ahmed Nazim to a presidential commission’s inquiry into the the brutal murder of Dr Afrasheem Ali in October 2012.
According to the commission’s report made public on Sunday, Nazim accused the former tourism minister of plotting to assassinate former president Mohamed Nasheed with a bomb ahead of the 2013 presidential election. The former MP for Dhiggaru also claimed to have seen a “mission accomplished” message sent by tourism minister Adeeb to then-candidate Abdulla Yameen after the opposition-aligned Raajje TV’s studio was torched in October 2013.
Nazim was a close associate of Yameen but was jailed for 25 years on a corruption charge in April 2015 after falling out with the former president. Adeeb’s family accused Nazim of providing an “irresponsible” statement to the inquiry commission “in the spirit of seeking political revenge” and “inciting hatred” against the former rival.
The inquiry commission’s report has made it clear that longstanding allegations against Adeeb over Afrasheem’s murder were false, Adeeb’s family said.
“And the family appeals against the use of Ahmed Adeeb’s name for political gain and not to make Adeeb a sacrificial lamb slaughtered politically by all parties in all cases,” it added.