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18 arrested in Kolamaafushi appeal remand extension

Shaina Abdulla
16 September 2018, MVT 13:56
Lawyers Husnu Suood and lawyer Hussain Shameem during a press briefing.
Shaina Abdulla
16 September 2018, MVT 13:56

18 individuals arrested over vandalising the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) office in Kolamaafushi, Gaafu Alif Atoll, have appealed their remand extension.

The atoll's Villingili Magistrate Court on Saturday extended the remand of 17 individuals by 15 days and one individual by 12 days.

Former Attorney General Husnu Al-Suood confirmed that the appeal for remand extension has been filed at court.

Former Prosecutor General Hussain Shameem, the lawyer representing the charged 18 people from Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), earlier stated that it is not acceptable that they are being charged with terrorism for a case of vandalism.

In addition to Shameem, lawyer Mahfooz Saeed is also working on the case. Shameem highlighted that they are working on the case free of any charges as they want to stop the unconstitutional actions, inlined in favour of certain individuals.

MDP also raised concerns, claiming that it is not justified when only people from MDP are arrested and punished for a crime where both parties are equally involved. MDP claim that this shows that the police are politically influenced.

PPM had reported the attack, revealing that a considerable amount of damage was done to the campaign office, while 10 supporters of the party were injured during the attack.

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