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Court adds 15 days to remand of ousted lawmaker

Fathmath Shaahunaz
25 July 2017, MVT 16:24
Thulusdhoo MP Mohamed Waheed Ibrahim outside the Criminal Court before his remand hearing. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
25 July 2017, MVT 16:24

The Criminal Court on Tuesdays added 15 days to the remand of Thulusdhoo MP Mohamed Waheed Ibrahim, who is arrested in connection to the conflict between security officers and lawmakers on Monday.

The court stated in its order to remand Waheed in a custodial jail for 15 days during the investigation.

Waheed was arrested under a court order around 11:40 p.m. Monday night while he was with other lawmakers in front of Jumhoory Party’s main activity hub.

According to the arrest warrant signed by Judge Ali Adam of the Criminal Court, Waheed is arrested for breaking through police barricades and forcefully entering the parliament on Monday despite no longer being a lawmaker. The warrant read that he may prove a threat to the community as well attempt to jeopardize evidence if not detained.

The evidence presented against Waheed is a letter and copy from the parliament administration.

Police had previously arrested Waheed alongside Maduvvari MP Mohamed Ameeth on Monday afternoon for the same reason before releasing them.

Waheed is among the six members which the EC has declared ousted from their seats. However, the Supreme Court has accepted the cases of four of these MP’s, including Waheed, requesting to withdraw the decision. The other lawmakers are MP Ameeth of Maduvvari constituency, MP Saud Hussain of Villingilli constituency and MP of Dhidhdhoo constituency Abdul Latheef Mohamed.

The two lawmakers that have not filed the cases at the Supreme Court are MP of Dhangethi constituency Ilham Ahmed and MP of Machangolhi South constituency Abdulla Sinan who are both currently abroad.