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Opposition protests in front of UN office, demands ex-pres' release

Fathmath Shaahunaz
10 December 2019, MVT 16:22
Opposition protests in front of the UN office in Male' City, calling for the release of former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. PHOTO/PNC
Fathmath Shaahunaz
10 December 2019, MVT 16:22

Members and supporters of the opposition rallied in front of the United Nations (UN) office in capital Male' City on Tuesday afternoon, calling for the release of convicted former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

The protestors wore black blindfolds and held placards written in English, proclaiming that Yameen was innocent and accusing the government of influencing the police and judiciary.

They dispersed not long after.

Opposition protests in front of the UN office in Male' City, calling for the release of former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. PHOTO/PNC

Speaking to local media Mihaaru, Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM)'s Chief Spokesperson Heela Waleed stated that the purpose of the rally was to bring the opposition's concerns to the attention of the UN, on the occasion of Human Rights Day.

PPM and People's National Congress (PNC) have been holding a series of protests ever since the former president's conviction.

The Criminal Court sentenced Yameen to five years in prison on November 28, including a fine of USD 5 million, after finding him guilty of money laundering. However, the opposition maintained that Yameen's verdict was politically motivated and unjust, and appealed the case at the High Court on November 30.

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