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State Minister of Defense Abdullah Shahid said "People who think I am a terrorist have still not arrived to the Aneh Dhivehi Raajje”

Shahid a former National Security Service corporal, who was sentenced to death after being found guilty for the involvement of the terrorist act of November 3rd 1988, and now currently appointed as State Minister of Defense and National Security by the newly elected president Nasheed, denies his involvement in the coup attempt. This terrorist strike resulted in the death of 8 national security officials and 11 civilians and was one of the worst terrorist attacks ever to have occurred in the history of the Maldives. His death penalty was consequently commuted to life imprisonment, however pardoned and released after 16 years by the former president.

Shahid has denied all his involvement in the terror attack and has said “People who think I am a terrorist have still not arrived to the Aneh Dhivehi Raajje”. Aneh Dhivehi Raajje was the 2008 presidential campaign slogan for the Maldivian Democratic Party.

President Nasheed (Anni) defended his appointment of Shahid as state minister of defense and national security, saying he selected him because he was the MOST experienced person for the post. “I have assigned him to the fire brigade and disaster management,” he said. “THERE’S NO ONE WHO IS BETTER QUALIFIED IN THAT FIELD IN THE WHOLE OF THE MALDIVES.”

What qualification is the president talking about? To my knowledge, all Shahid did after he was pardoned from his life sentence is work at a local pastry (hedhika) shop. Does this mean Ministry of Defense and National Security is going to establish their own pastry (hedhika) business? Another surprise of the president’s promising Aneh Dhivehi Raajje?

When the majority voted for Nasheed (Anni), one thing they were not aware of was that they’ll have to overlook the past when they move on to the promising Aneh Dhivehi Raajje and salute terrorists like Abdullah Shahid, Sikka Ahmed Ismail Maniku (president’s Uncle) and Abdulla Luthufi. What’s next? Luthufi as the head of Police?

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