Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on Tuesday demanded a full investigation be carried out into the allegedly unlawful state of emergency (SOE) on February 5, 2018, under the former president and some other political leaders were arrested.
Recently, Prosecutor General Aishath Bisham retracted the terrorism charges against Gayoom, his son Dhiggaru MP Ahmed Faris Maumoon, his son-in-law Mohamed Nadeem and Kinbidhoo MP Abdulla Riyaz.
The landmark ruling of February 1, 2018, which had infamously ordered the release of nine high-profile political prisoners, also declared that no lawmakers had been ousted from the parliament, thus ordering the reinstatement of 12 MPs that had been declared unseated. Subsequently, former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom declared a state of emergency on February 5.
Gayoom was sentenced for one year, seven months and six days for obstructing justice, following his refusal to hand over his mobile phone for police investigation. The sentence was later overthrown by the High Court.