The US Ambassador to the Maldives, Atul Keshap, has voiced concerns after the second arrest of opposition lawmaker Faris Maumoon on Saturday.
The son of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and lawmaker of Dhiggaru constituency, Faris had spent six months in jail after he was first arrested over allegedly offering bribes to a parliamentarian, to garner support to impeach the parliament speaker. He was arrested again less than two days after the Criminal Court had released him from prison last Thursday, now accused of bribing lawmakers with money and conspiring to topple the current government.
The arrest warrant was signed by Judge Hussain Shaheed, who was appointed to the Criminal Court last Thursday night.
Ambassador Keshap raised concerns over the arrest, declaring in a tweet that “A 4am warrant issued by a judge with less than a week’s tenure on the bench to search for evidence and arrest an elected Member of Parliament who had just been released after 191 days in jail suggests due process of law and fair play in politics remain under threat in #Maldives.”
Prior to the arrest, Police had raided Faris’ residence in capital Male with a court order claiming to search for evidence pertaining to the accusations against him. Police had also searched the residence of his father, former President Maumoon, before the arrest.
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