The lawmaker of Dhiggaru constituency, Faris Maumoon, on Sunday appealed the order issued by the Criminal Court for 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 has added 15 days to his remand and he has now been taken to Dhoonidhoo Detention Centre under police custody.
Faris’ lawyers filed the appeal of his arrest at the High Court highlighting seven points. They have also filed a habeas corpus petition at the Criminal Court, claiming that this arrest was unlawful and seeking his release. However, his legal team has not yet appealed his remand extension.
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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