Legal Politics

Arrested opposition lawmaker to appeal remand

lawyers of Faris Maumoon. Maumoon Hameed (L) and Ibrahim Shameel

Lawyers of Faris Maumoon. Maumoon Hameed (L) and Ibrahim Shameel

The lawyers of arrested Dhiggaru MP Faris Maumoon expressed concern over the Criminal Court’s order to remand the lawmaker until the end of his trial without pressing charges, and declared that the remand will be appealed.

Speaking at a press conference held Wednesday night, lawyer Maumoon Hameed stated that Maldives Police Service and lawyers of the Prosecutor General requested Faris’ demand while his investigation is still ongoing.

MP Faris was arrested Tuesday under accusations of bribing lawmakers to gather support for the opposition lobbied motion of no confidence against Parliament Speaker Abdulla Maseeh. Faris, who is one of the political leaders to spearhead the motion, has denied the accusations against him.

While Faris was remanded after a hearing of over four hours, Judge Ali Adam ruled to keep Dhiggaru MP Faris under Police custody with the reason that Faris might tamper with evidence if allowed to go free.

Noting that Police are keeping secret most of their evidence against his client, Maumoon said that some empty cards which are used to check the validity of Faris’ signature for a bank account were also taken as evidence.

Furthermore, lawyer Ibrahim Shameel declared that Police have violated the new Criminal Procedures Act as it states that an individual arrested in suspicion of a criminal offence should be taken to the nearest Police centre. However, Faris was directly taken to Dhoonidhoo Detention Centre.

Maumoon Hameed also noted that Faris is arrested in contradiction to the Prisons and Parole Act as well as the Anti-Torture Act since Dhoonidhoo Detention Centre is not classified as a custodial jail according to these acts.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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