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Terrorist suspect Ameen remanded until end of trial

Shahudha Mohamed
15 December 2019, MVT 13:53
Maldivian insurgents in Syria. PHOTO: UNKNOWN
Shahudha Mohamed
15 December 2019, MVT 13:53

Criminal Court, on Sunday, remanded terrorist suspect Mohamed Ameen until the conclusion of his trial.

Maldives Police Service arrested Ameen, the first Maldivian mentioned in the list of terrorists publicised by America's Department of the Treasuries Office of Foreign Affairs Control (OFAC), last October.

He was taken into Police custody over allegations of spreading extremist ideologies in Maldives on a large scale in addition to recruiting and directing terrorist fighters abroad.

The Red Notice issued by Interpol for Mohamed Ameen's arrest, following the bombing in Sultan Park. PHOTO: INTERPOL

Ameen is currently charged with having connections with a terrorist organisation and plotting a terrorist attack.

Criminal Court extended Ameen's remand period until the conclusion of his trial on the state's request.

This is the first time an individual was charged under the recent amendments brought to the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

The 35-year-old "terrorist" was also a suspect in 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 both Maldivian and Pakistani passports.

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