President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and the ministerial cabinet have been briefed on various including, including the case of the missing child under state care as well as the prison scuffle issue.
While a cabinet meeting was held on Tuesday, the President’s Office said that Home Minister Imran Abdulla had briefed them on the prison issue at the meeting.
Tension at the remand unit of Maafushi Prison had escalated, following a brawl on Thursday night.
While media reports accused officers of the Maldives Correctional Services (MCS) of using excessive force, the home minister confirmed this after an inspection of the prison on Saturday.
The ministry launched a search operation of the unit on Sunday, and a number of “illegal” items have since been confiscated including a “sharpened” weapon.
Police officers have been at standby at the prison, with an additional scuffle taking place on Monday night. MCS said that they had to resort to using excessive force to gain control, because “inmates failed to abide by the commands.”
Gender Minister Shidhatha Shareef briefed the cabinet on the case of Shaeem Abdulla.
While the 14-year-old was reported missing on June 18, it has since been revealed that he was registered at the ministry since June 4.
He was kept at the children’s center -Kudakudhinge Hiya.
However, an official from the ministry told RaajjeMV that he was kept separately, as he was under the ministry’s custody for an assessment in relation to a police investigation.
The parliament has decided to investigate whether there was any negligence from the state, in Shaeem’s disappearance.
GOVERNMENT’S LEGISLATIVE AGENDA AND BILLS
The cabinet was also informed on the government’s legislative agenda from 2018 to 2023, and the bills to be submitted to parliament on behalf of the government.
While the legislative agenda was publicized earlier today, there are 201 bills to be submitted to parliament. Out of these, 47 are to be submitted during the ongoing session.
Some of these have already been submitted to the People’s Majlis, and it passed to grant authority to presidential commissions last week. President Solih ratified the bill on Monday.
The government’s legislative agenda is to be reviewed on a yearly basis.