The European Union (EU) released a statement on Tuesday, raising concerns about the renewed arrest of MP Faris Maumoon.
The statement noted that Faris was arrested again shortly after being released from a six-month detention without any trial dates. The EU said that this “indicates how detrimental to the rule of law and good government in the Maldives a breakdown of the principle of separation of executive, judicial and other powers would be.”
The EU called on the relevant authorities to step up and take necessary actions to uphold the Constitution of the Maldives. In addition, the EU called on the government to ensure the coming presidential elections would be fully transparent and with the participation of all political parties.
Faris was released on January 25, only to be arrested on January 27 with charges of bribery and planning a coup against the current government with other parliamentarians. Police had also searched the residences of Faris and his father, former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, in relation to this.
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