Suspended Progressive National Congress (PNC)'s Council Member Shaheeb Ibrahim, who is currently implicated in a drug smuggling attempt that occurred earlier this month, was released from custody.
According to Police, Shaheeb was released after requesting for an extension on his remand, and in light of new evidence submitted to the court.
Police have revealed that Shaheeb's release will be appealed.
Law enforcement noted that 130kg of narcotics were seized aboard a fishing vessel, intercepted at sea during an operation initiated on the basis of internally collected intelligence.
Police confirmed Shaheeb as one of two individuals that orchestrated the recent smuggling attempt.
Authorities also accuse Shaheeb of falsely using an Iranian vessel seized by Police earlier in November 2019.
The boat, which was initially seized with 70kg of narcotics, was handed over to Shaheeb to transport the vessel abroad but was later reported as capsized. However, various media reports have confirmed that the vessel is currently stored at the shipyard in Himmafushi, Kaafu Atoll, undergoing renovation.
He is known to be involved in political activities of the opposition alliance and had contested for a seat during the previous parliamentary election.