Legal Politics

Opposition MP Faris appeals remand extension

Faris Maumoon

MP Faris Maumoon being taken to Dhoonidhoo Detention Centre. PHOTO/MIHAARU

Dhiggaru MP Faris Maumoon has appealed the Criminal Court’s order to extend his remand after his second arrest.

The lawmaker was released last Thursday after being detained for over six months in relation to his on-going trial of bribery charges. He was taken into custody with additional charges under a new warrant just two days later on Saturday.

In the new warrant, Faris has been accused of planning a coup against the current government with other parliamentarians. The court had added 15 days to his remand on Saturday.

Lawyers representing the MP verified that the appeal has been filed at the High Court. The team of lawyers also stated that the order to seize Faris’ phone was also appealed on Monday.

Meanwhile, Faris’ lawyers have also filed the appeal of his arrest at the High Court as well as a habeas corpus petition at the Criminal Court, claiming that this arrest was unlawful and seeking his release.

Habeus Corpus is a writ calling to bring a detained individual before a court to secure their release unless lawful grounds are presented for their arrest.

The police had searched the residences of Faris and his father, former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, prior to his arrest on Saturday; however, they have since stated that no evidence had been found from either of the places.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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