Following Home Minister Sheikh Imran Abdullah’s remarks on the safari rape case last night, the attorneys of the victim has submitted a letter appealing to Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed to submit a no-confidence motion against the Home Minister.
The letter by local law firm “Riza and Co.” criticizes “the irresponsible comments made by Minister of Home Affairs Sheikh Imran Abdulla”. According to the statement, the Minister had downplayed the gravity of the crime by stating that “what happened on the safari was very small and not rape”. However, according to the statement by the victim Pauline Nduta Gichuru, she was “Threatened that they would kill her, groped and pulled her privates, ordered her to touch the privates of the suspects and attempted to force her in to a private cabin in the safari.”.
The letter also alleges that the comments made by Home Minister Sheikh Imran Abdulla was not based on the witness testimony. Furthermore the statement also revealed that the firm had appealed to the National Integrity Commission, Prosecutor General and the Commissioner of Police after the case failed to proceed justly. They also noted that Home Minister Sheikh Imran Abdullah’s comments came at a time when the investigation of the case has not even been fully closed and stated that the firm believes that with the Minister’s comments, there is no more hope for a free and fair investigation on the case.
The victim’s attorneys appeals to the Speaker of the Parliament for a no-confidence motion against Home Minister Sheikh Imran Abdulla citing Article 132 (K) of the constitution. Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed is also the President of the ruling party and as such holds the power to request this Parliamentary Group to push for a no-confidence motion against a Minister.