Ahmed Shafeeq Ibrahim Moosa

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Ahmed Moosa - Sappe'

Ahmed Shafeeq Ibrahim Moosa, famously known as Sappe' was the President's Envoy for Science and Technology of the first democratically elected Government of the Maldives. He was appointed on 11 March 2009. He resigned from the Government on 9 February 2012, soon after President Nasheed's Government was allegedly overthrown by the incumbent President Mohamed Waheed two days earlier.[1][2]

Moosa is amongst those who campaigned for democracy and human rights which led to the end of the 30 year rule of Gayoom in November 2008. He is the founder and editor in chief of the news website Dhivehi Observer.[3][4]

Moosa is a senior member of the Maldivian Democratic Party and was elected to its first General Council. He was a widely outspoken critic of the former president Gayoom. He lived in self-proclaimed exile in the United Kingdom with his family from 2003 - 2008. The opposition Coalition won the Presidential Election held in October 2008.

Moosa is normally resident in Glasgow, United Kingdom.[5]

Early and personal life[edit]

Moosa was born in Malé, Maldives. He first married in 2003 and has three sons from that marriage. He married secondly Fathimath Moosa, with whom he has a son and a daughter.

Before his political career began, Moosa filled several government and private company posts. He also managed and ran his own businesses. In March 1999 he founded A Company Pvt Ltd. The company was mainly involved in consultancy work in engineering, web design, printing and publishing, composition of business and marketing proposals and reports.

Moosa was practically involved in designing and production of the election campaign material for Ilyas Ibrahim (brother-in-law of the president Gayyoom) in 1999 who ran against Mohamed Nasheed (of the opposition) for representing the people of Malé as a member of the parliament. "I worked in Ilyas's last campaign (1999) on the request of Mr. Qasim Ibrahim which later turned out to be a regrettable experience." [1]

Since 1999 Moosa has been a consultant to Qasim Ibrahim, Chairman of Villa Shipping and Trading Company, the largest private company in the Maldives. He is the Leaderof the Jumhooree Party, which is part of the current government coalition.[6] Moosa was also a director of Horizon Fisheries Private Limited, a company with majority shares owned by Qasim Ibraim and former DRP member of parliament, Ahmed Nashid (ADK).

Educational background[edit]

Moosa completed his secondary education at the Malé English School, Malé. In 1990 he acquired General Certificate of Education with distinction in all subjects, from Asmai Secondary School, Kuwait. On 13 July 1995 he graduated from University of Glasgow with a B. Eng with honours in mechanical engineering. Two years later, in 1997, he graduated at University of Birmingham acquiring PhD (Engineering) in metallurgy and materials.

Political career[edit]

In 19 September 2003, Evan Naseem who was serving at Maafushi jail was severely beaten up and ultimately paid with his life; end result of a series of complicated disputes between inmates. News broke out the following day and there was a civil unrest in the capital city of the Maldives, Malé. The BBC, covered this event and Moosa gave an interview to the BBC the following month and left Maldives, on 15 October 2003, to United Kingdom. The interview was aired on 17 October 2003. He says he left the country because he believed he would be in danger if remained in Maldives. "I have already left the country fearing the worst" said Sappé in a written statement published on his website.

He joined Maldivian Democratic Party on 10 November 2003, soon after its official announcement and was a member of its general council. However, he does not get involved with day to day operations of the party for two reasons. That is; MDP's major operations are carried out in Sri Lanka and he operates his own website DhivehiObserver, which is his major line of connection with the Maldivian public.

After his initial interview with the BBC, he gave several other interviews. They appeared to have exerted pressure on Maldivian government.

According to the article published on The Daily Telegraph on 15 September 2006, Ahmed Moosa was threatened via email by the wife of police commissioner Adam Zahir, Husna Latheef, on 11 April 2005. Moosa filed a complaint to Wiltshire Police who investigated the death threat with the assistance of the Metropolitan Police in London. The threat was traced back to Husna Latheef's email and was issued with a first verbal warning under the Harassment Act.[7]

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