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Five protesters sentenced to prison over May Day violence

Mohamed Visham
25 July 2016, MVT 15:40
Protesters beating the police officer during the May Day protest last year.
Mohamed Visham
25 July 2016, MVT 15:40

Criminal Court on Monday sentenced five people to five years in prison after being found guilty of assaulting a police officer during a mass anti-government protest on May Day last year.

Out of the seven charged with the assault, five including 20 year old Mohamed Laban, the goalkeeper of local football club Eagles were convicted while the other two were acquitted over a lack of evidence.

Laban is accused of tackling Sergeant Abdul Rahman Hussain, an SO officer, to the ground on Chandhanee Magu.

The policeman was flown to Sri Lanka for medical treatment after the assault. But lawyers representing the defendants had said the policeman had only sustained minor bruising.

In February, religiously conservative Adhaalath Party leader Sheikh Imran Abdulla was controversially found guilty of terrorism over a speech he gave at the May Day rally and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Imran was accused of inciting violence with the prosecution arguing that he must bear responsibility for the violent clashes.

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