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Main opposition to integrity commission over parliament lockup

Fathmath Shaahunaz
24 July 2017, MVT 22:03
Opposition lawmakers outside the parliament after MNDF and Police forcibly removed them from the building. PHOTO/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
24 July 2017, MVT 22:03

Main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) on Monday filed a case at the National Integrity Commission (NIC) over Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) and Police obstructing lawmakers from entering the parliament building earlier that day.

MNDF locked all the gates to the parliament building early Monday and, along with Police, obstructed opposition lawmakers from entering the chambers. In the ensuing stand-off and clashes that occurred, some lawmakers had eventually forced past police barricades and scaled the walls to enter the parliament, after which MNDF soldiers in riot gear and Special Operations police officers had forcibly removed them from the building. Some lawmakers sustained various injuries in the conflict.

MDP confirmed that the case has been filed at the NIC under the name of parliamentarians.

Lawmakers of the opposition coalition have declared that no entity holds the authority to bar lawmakers from entering the parliament chambers. They added that MNDF and Police’s forceful removal of parliamentarians that entered the building was unlawful.

Meanwhile, Police have declared that they are investigating the lawmakers that broke through Police lines and broke into the parliament.

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