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Court frees two more lawmakers from remand

Fathmath Shaahunaz
21 August 2017, MVT 11:00
Opposition lawmakers pictured en route to the parliament. PHOTO/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
21 August 2017, MVT 11:00

The Criminal Court on Sunday released the lawmakers of Maduvvari constituency, Mohamed Ameeth, and Villingili constituency, Saud Hussain, under certain conditions.

The court ruled to release the two MPs when they were presented for their fourth remand hearing. The conditions imposed on the lawmakers include a curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. the next day, responding to court summons, and refraining from meeting any witnesses.

MPs Ameeth and Saud were arrested the night of July 27 for trespassing on parliament premises on July 24 despite military and police officers barring entry.

The lawmaker of Thulusdhoo constituency, Mohamed Waheed Ibrahim, was also arrested and remanded under the same accusations until the lower court released him last Thursday. The court ordered MP Waheed to give his contact number to authorities and to refrain from committing any unlawful actions upon release.

While the Criminal Court has decided to release all three lawmakers, the Prosecutor General’s Office has forwarded charges against them to the court. The MPs are being indicted for trespassing and obstructing law enforcement officers.

Meanwhile, MP Saud is also facing terrorism charges for allegedly orchestrating an assassination attempt on a judge of the High Court, Shujau Usman. The former coordinator of the Ministry of Education, Ibrahim Haneef, is also being charged in the case.

If convicted of terrorism, they would face a jail sentence between 17 – 20 years.

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