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Police summons MDN top officials for investigation

Shahudha Mohamed
20 October 2019, MVT 12:45
The cover of Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN)'s Preliminary Assesment on Radicalisation in the Maldives.
Shahudha Mohamed
20 October 2019, MVT 12:45

Maldives Police Service on Saturday revealed that summons were being handed out to top officials of Maldivan Democracy Network (MDN) for the investigation of the controversial report released by the NGO.

Although authorities did not reveal the identities of those being brought in for questioning, Police spokesperson confirmed that chits were already sent out to some individuals.

According to local media reports, all those involved in the compilation of the report are no longer in the country. Founder and Executive Director of MDN Shahinda Ismail is currently residing in Germany while various others also departed abroad.

MDN is currently under suspension regarding the ongoing Police investigation into written accounts contradicting the tenets of Islam included in the 'Preliminary Assessment of Radicalization in Maldives'.

The report, released in 2015, criticized the Maldivian education system, claiming that the rhetoric of certain textbooks encouraged extremism and highlighted certain passages from the Quran.

MDN came under fire for the report, with several members of the public demanding the NGO's closure on social media platforms.

Police Commissioner Mohamed Hameed formerly declared that authorities are investigating the matter as a high-priority case and will not hesitate to implement the proper measures in fulfilling their lawful duties.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih also announced that all necessary steps will be taken regarding the situation.

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