An opposition activist is under arrest on suspicion of defaming President Abdulla Yameen and spreading false information on social media to dissuade foreign investors.
According to Ali Zahir, spokesman of the opposition Adhaalath Party, Mohamed Haneef was arrested in the early hours of Friday. “Leading reform activist Haneef was arrested last night. Stop arresting activists to serve a political purpose,” he tweeted.
Zahir told the Maldives Independent that Haneef was accused of “spreading false rumours on social media to discredit the government and cause loss of confidence of investors.”
Raajje TV reported on Saturday that the criminal court has remanded Haneef to police custody for seven days.
Haneef’s lawyer told the opposition-aligned station that the activist was also accused of spreading false rumours about the H1N1 swine flu virus, an outbreak of which led schools and state universities to close in mid-March.
But Haneef reportedly told the police that he does not have social media accounts on Twitter or other platforms, with the exception of a family Facebook account.
A police spokeswoman was unable to confirm the arrest despite repeated calls.
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Source URL: Maldives Independent