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Police release six arrested over making “grave” on island road

Fathmath Shaahunaz
14 February 2017, MVT 10:49
The six MDP members, who were arrested over making a "grave" on a road of A.A. Ukulhas, pose for a photo after their release. PHOTO/MDP
Fathmath Shaahunaz
14 February 2017, MVT 10:49

Police on Monday released the six people who were arrested from Alif Alif atoll Ukulhas island earlier this month on charges of doing black magic and sorcery after they had made a “grave” on the road after a top opposition activist shifted to ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM).

Ukulhas Island Council’s member Ali Zameer had said that main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s supporters had slammed the top MDP activist after he signed to PPM. Hence, they had made a grave in the middle of a road with sand to symbolise the former MDP member’s name being deleted from the party register.

A Police team from capital Male and Alif Alif atoll Rasdhoo island had arrested the six, which included the Vice President of Alif Alif Atoll Council, Moosa Naseem, on February 5. They had been brought to Male where the Criminal Court remanded them for 15 days.

However, according to Police spokesperson, they were released before their remand expired as there was no reason to keep them under custody while carrying out the investigation which is still ongoing.

The six men were greeted warmly by residents of Ukulhas upon their return.

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