The cabinet has expressed concern over the continued “culture of police torture” at the Maldives Police Service.

The cabinet expressed their concern after convening the new government’s first emergency Cabinet meeting, which was held on Saturday at the President’s Office.

After deliberating on the matter, the Cabinet decided to investigate the issue and appoint Minister of State, Principal Collector of Customs, Mohamed Aswan, as Minister of State for Home Affairs to bring necessary reforms to the Maldives Police Service.

The cabinet appointed a committee including Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Dr Ahmed Ali Sawad, Attorney General Husnu Suood, Minister of Human Resources, Youth and Sports Hassan Latheef, to investigate the issue.

The cabinet acknowledged that despite incidents of police torture, the majority of men and women serving at the Maldives Police Service were professional and sincere.