Opposition councillor arrested

The president of Dhidhdhoo island council Ali Hashim has been arrested on charges of forging official documents, tampering with evidence and influencing witnesses.

Council member Abdulla Siraj told Sun Online that the arrest took place at around 3am on Wednesday. Police searched Hashim’s home following the arrest.

Documents sent from Dhidhdhoo council office to the Local Government Authority on March 1 include ones that were allegedly forged, according to the arrest warrant which also accused Hashim of being involved in the forgery.

Hashim represents the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party.

The warrant stated, as reasons for the arrest, that he may tamper with evidence, influence witnesses and the ongoing investigation by obstructing justice.

It was issued by the magistrate court in Haa Alif Ihavandhoo island, based on intelligence reports received by the police.

Last month the council offices were raided following the suspension of four councillors who supported a Supreme Court order calling for the release of political prisoners.

Hashim was also suspended in September 2015 over a row related to newly built housing units on the island.

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Source URL:  Maldives Independent

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