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Police release opposition MP after confiscating phone

Fathmath Shaahunaz
11 March 2018, MVT 16:23
Ihavandhoo MP Mohamed Abdulla (C) pictured at an opposition rally. PHOTO/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
11 March 2018, MVT 16:23

Police have released Ihavandhoo MP  Mohamed “Muhamma” Abdulla, who was arrested Sunday under the ongoing state of emergency in the Maldives.

The opposition lawmaker, who plays a senior role in the joint opposition’s activities, was arrested under accusations of attempting to bribe the country's leadership.

Police confiscated his mobile phone and released him with the order to present himself to Police Headquarters at 10:00 a.m. this Tuesday.

According to the police's summons, MP Mohamed is accused of offering bribes to employees of state institutions in order to manipulate the institutions' operations, in the wake of the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on February 1 to release nine political prisoners.

Meanwhile, the police in Lhaviyani atoll Naifaru island had also confiscated the mobile phone of the island council's president, Mohamed Karim, the same day. His deputy, Mohamed Shahid, claimed that the police had seized the phone under the state of emergency without revealing the accusations against Karim.

In the state of emergency the government had declared in the midst of the political unrest caused by the apex court's ruling, several high profile names have been arrested including former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, and Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Judge Ali Hameed of the Supreme Court.

Following the arrests of the two judges, the remaining three justices of the Supreme Court had revoked the order to release political prisoners.

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