Jumhooree Party MP Abdulla Riyaz was questioned Tuesday on charges of spreading false rumours and attempting to influence the police force, the former police chief has said.
The police briefly detained the JP deputy leader and MP for the Kinbidhoo constituency in Thaa Atoll on Monday night and confiscated his mobile phone.
He was released with a summons to appear for questioning at 4pm on Tuesday.
Speaking to the Maldives Independent, Riyaz contended that he was targeted because of the government’s “failure to digest” the grand coalition formed between opposition parties and former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.
“And since I am working on behalf of JP, they did this to stop what we are doing in parliament, to intimidate us because of the work we are doing politically,” he said.
Earlier on Monday, the new opposition alliance sought unsuccessfully to impeach the speaker of parliament in a bid to challenge President Abdulla Yameen’s previously secure parliamentary majority.
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Source URL: Maldives Independent