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Court frees Addu City activists arrested for obstructing First Lady's security

Farah Ahmed
24 February 2018, MVT 19:06
Police officers in riot gear in Hithadhoo, Addu City on February 23, 2018 --
Farah Ahmed
24 February 2018, MVT 19:06

Two individuals from Maldives’ southernmost Addu atoll, who were arrested Thursday for allegedly obstructing First Lady Fathmath Ibrahim’s security during her recent visit to the atoll, have been freed by the court Friday.

The Hithadhoo Magistrate Court had ordered the release of Mohamed Wajdhee and Asim Wajdhee from Maradhoo district when they were taken to the court for their remand hearings.

The two were arrested for allegedly obstructing the first lady’s security convoy while she was en route to Maradhoo from Hithadhoo.

The police had also interfered in an opposition rally calling the government to enforce the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on February 1, Mihaaru reporter in Addu City Ahmed Adhshan said. Police officers in riot gear had dismantled the crowd that was gathering near the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) hub in Hithadhoo, he reported.

However, according to Adhshan, the police had allowed the first lady’s event to take place without any hindrance, and even offered added security.

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