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Opposition govt will abolish anti-terrorism act: ex-AG Suood

Fathmath Shaahunaz
11 June 2018, MVT 14:44
Former AG Husnu Al Suood speaks at a press conference. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
11 June 2018, MVT 14:44

The former attorney general, Husnu Al Suood, declared that in an opposition administration, the Prevention of Terrorism Act would be nullified within the first 90 days.

In a tweet, the renowned lawyer stated that the Act in question was being used not to prevent real acts of terrorism, but as a political weapon.

"The Penal Code is enough (to prevent terrorism)," he said.

While Suood has voiced concerns over the anti-terrorism legislation, a number of opposition politicians have been convicted under terrorism charges.

Former President Mohamed Nasheed, religiously conservative Adhaalath Party's leader Sheikh Imran Abdulla, and former Minister of Defence Affairs Mohamed Nazim are currently convicted of terrorism. Meanwhile, former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed, Judge Ali Hameed and a number of opposition-aligned politicians are undergoing trials for the same charge.

Several lawyers in addition to Suood have also raised concerns over the state levying terrorism charges against political figures.

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