Legal Politics

Main opposition slams second terrorism charge against ex-pres

Mohamed Nasheed

Main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) on Wednesday declared that the state’s “pile up” of terrorism charges against convicted Former President Mohamed Nasheed is a dirty tactic for incumbent President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom to maintain his grasp on his increasingly unpopular administration.

The state is pressing terrorism charges against Nasheed for the arbitrary detention of President Yameen in July 2010 during the former’s regime. He had first arrested President Yameen with accusations of plotting to topple the government. Following the Supreme Court’s order to release him, Nasheed had then placed him under military custody in Kaafu atoll Aarah island “for protection”. The current president has since disclosed that he had not been allowed to go farther than 100 feet from the bungalow where he was kept and that he had not been allowed to do anything without permission, all of which amounts to an “arrest”.

MDP in a statement condemned the government’s second terrorism charge against Nasheed, accusing President Yameen of orchestrating the police, prosecutor general and judiciary courts for political gains. They alleged that the president is piling up terrorism charges against his predecessor due to the declining popularity and public trust in his government. The party also referred to the voting process demonstrated in the motion of no confidence against the parliamentary speaker on Monday, declaring that the session’s proceedings indicate that the current government has already failed.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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