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Police raid MDP main centre for third time this month

Fathmath Shaahunaz
16 March 2017, MVT 17:23
Police raid MDP's main activity hub in capital Male over the party's alleged plans to disrupt the official visit of Saudi Arabi's King Salman to the Maldives. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
16 March 2017, MVT 17:23

Police on Thursday again raided the headquarters of main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).

Police has raided the centre twice previously under a court order over suspicion of plans to compromise the esteem of honorary high level delegations visiting the Maldives, naming King Salman bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia who is scheduled to arrive on Saturday.

During the last raid, Police had seized rolls of yellow cloth and banners protesting the alleged selling of Faafu atoll to the Saudi royal family.

The centre had later hung a banner outside calling for people to sign a petition against the selling of Faafu atoll. However, the reason for the third raid is yet unknown. Police has blocked off the road leading to MDP’s main centre.

While the Saudi King is expected to visit the Maldives this weekend, Maldives Police Service has released a statement banning any action that might compromise the honour of the delegation, warning legal action against those who do so.