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Three arrested lawmakers appeal remand extension

Fathmath Shaahunaz
31 July 2017, MVT 10:51
Maduvvari MP Mohamed Ameeth (L), Thulusdhoo MP Mohamed Waheed Ibrahim (C) and Villingilli MP Saud Hussain speak to reporters. PHOTO/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
31 July 2017, MVT 10:51

Three arrested lawmakers appealed the Criminal Court’s verdict to extend their remand at the High Court on Sunday.

Maduvvari MP Mohamed Ameeth, Thulusdhoo MP Mohamed Waheed Ibrahim and Villingilli MP Saud Hussain were arrested for entering the parliament chambers after they were declared as ousted from their parliament seats by the Elections Commission.

Ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) pronounced the three lawmakers as expelled after the Supreme Court’s ruling that any lawmakers that resign or are expelled from the political party they were registered to at the time of election or shift to another party will lose their seats in parliament. The Elections Commission ousted the three parliamentarians after PPM announced their decision.

MPs Ameeth, Waheed and Saud had been among the opposition lawmakers that entered the parliament building by force after security forces locked the gates to the premises. They have since been arrested for entering the parliament while no longer holding seats and the Criminal Court has added 15 days to each of their remands.

The Elections Commission has announced that total six lawmakers, including Ameeth, Waheed and Saud, as being ousted from parliament. Including the three, total four lawmakers have filed at the Supreme Court to overthrow the EC’s decision. The top court confirmed last week that their case has been accepted.

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