Lawyer Nazim Sattar, on Monday, presented the President's Office with 500 cases of politically motivated arrests.
The President’s Office, on Thursday, opened for submission of complaints by people who have been criminally charged for political gain since February 1, 2012. President's Office has set January 6 as the deadline for submissions.
While speaking to local news media Mihaaru, President Nasheed's brother lawyer Nazim Sattar stated that out of the 500 cases of politically motivated arrests presented to the President's Office, 212 are related to arrests made during the protests in connection to the 'MayDay' rally held on May 1, 2015.
Additionally, it included 100 arrests made in connection to the state of emergency declared in February 2018 by former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. In addition, there were cases of 94 arrests made in Thinadhoo, Gaafu Dhaalu and arrests made in connection to the 'unlawful' prayers conducted after the Friday prayers at Islamic Centre.
"No charges have been levied in regard to most of these cases, including the case of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Minister of Home Affairs, Imran Abdulla as well. There are people who have received 15 days detention for the 'unlawful' prayers. This really isn't just. We've presented these cases as well", stated Nazim.
President Solih established the “Committee on Releasing Political Detainees” on the first day of his Presidential term, 17 November 2018. The committee was established by President Solih, in an effort to release those who have been criminally charged with politically motivated arrests.