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May Day protester released from prison

April 04 08:13 2017

The clemency board on Monday granted a conditional release for a woman jailed for hitting a police officer with an empty plastic coke bottle during the 2015 May Day anti-government protest.

Nasira Ali was sentenced to five years in prison on July 25, 2016 after she was found guilty on a charge of aiding and abetting assault using a dangerous weapon. Five men were also convicted on the same charge and jailed for five years.

Ahmed Lugman, spokesman at the Maldives Correctional Service, said Nasira would be returned to jail if she violates the conditions set by the clemency board.

Lugman refused to disclose the conditions. According to local media, Nasira must not be accused of committing a crime in the next three years.

Nasira, who has a seven-year-old daughter, has been in jail since her arrest on the night of May 1, 2015. Her verdict came more than a year after her detention and nearly eight months after the court heard closing statements.

The trials began in July 2015 and the court heard closing arguments at a final hearing on November 30.

Proceedings were also stalled after the presiding judge, Abdulla Mohamed, was demoted to the family court in February. The cases were then reassigned to different judges.

The 25,000-strong rally on May Day was the largest anti-government demonstration in Maldivian history.

Scores of protesters and two police officers were injured during violent clashes and nearly 200 protesters, including leaders of three allied opposition parties, were arrested.

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The police at the time released video footage showing protesters kicking and hitting a fallen Specialist Operations officer over the head with his helmet and baton.

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Source URL:  Maldives Independent

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