State of emergency detainees refused to handover evidence, president claims


President Yameen addressing a PPM gathering at their hub. PHOTO/HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU

President Abdulla Yameen has said that those detained under the state of emergency have not been transferred to house arrest as they are not cooperating in providing evidence.

During a gathering held at ruling party Progressive Party of the Maldives’ (PPM) main hub in the capital, the president said that he would not meddle with the court proceedings in any way. He added that he would only push them to be quick since if they take time, those people would be deprived of their rights.

Several high-profile arrests were made after the alleged coup in February including former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom and two Supreme Court judges. They have all have several charges levied against them including terrorism and are remanded until the end of their trails.

The president said that according to the constitution, anyone who might tamper with evidence can be detained. He stressed that those detained have not been complying and were refusing to give phones for investigations.

According to him, everyone is equal before the law, in a democracy. He noted that that is a must for all the law enforcing institutions and governing bodies to uphold the constitution.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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