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Suspected 'terrorist' Ameen remanded for 7 days

Shahudha Mohamed
17 November 2019, MVT 15:10
Criminal Court: the court, on November 14, remanded suspected terrorist Mohamed Ameen for an additional seven days. PHOTO: MIHAARU
Shahudha Mohamed
17 November 2019, MVT 15:10

Criminal Court on Thursday remanded Mohamed Ameen, suspected of spreading extremist ideologies in Maldives on a large scale in addition to recruiting and directing insurgents abroad, for seven additional days while his investigation continues.

A spokesperson from Maldives Police Service confirmed that the court extended Ameen's remand period when he was summoned to court but did not provide further details.

He was initially remanded for 15 days following his arrest on October 23 over allegations of terrorism and is under investigation since.

Ameen was the first Maldivian mentioned in the list of terrorists publicised by the United States' Department of the Treasuries Office of Foreign Affairs Control (OFAC). The US also imposed sanctions on Ameen with the publication of the list in August.

Local authorities previously attempted to arrest Ameen in relation to the bombing that took place near Sultan Park in 2007. However, he fled the country before an arrest could be made.

Following this, Interpol released a red notice for Ameen's arrest.

He was arrested in Sri Lanka in 2011 but was freed after being brought back to Maldives. Ameen was arrested while trying to enter Sri Lanka illegally using a forged passport. At the time, he was seized with a Maldivian and Pakistani passport.

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