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PNC to Maldives rights watchdog over ex-pres Yameen's arrest

Fathmath Shaahunaz
27 February 2019, MVT 17:57
Deputy leaders of People's National Congress, Mohamed Saeed (L) and Adam Shareef, speak to reporters after meeting with the Human Rights Commission regarding the arrest of former President Abdulla Yameen. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
27 February 2019, MVT 17:57

Opposition coalition partner, People's National Congress (PNC), met with the president of the Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM), Aminath Eenas, on Wednesday regarding the arrest of former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

After the meeting, PNC's deputy leader and former Minister of Economic Development, Mohamed Saeed, stated that the sit-down took place in a very conducive environment.

He expressed great concern over the detention of the sole opposition leader in Maldives, ahead of the upcoming Parliamentary Elections slated for April 6.

Saeed further declared that PNC would work for the betterment of the economy, assuring that their activities as an opposition party would not be detrimental to Maldives.

Adam Shareef, the deputy leader of PNC and former Minister of Defence, added that PNC would not let up efforts until Yameen was freed. He disclosed that the party was sharing their concerns with top officials of various embassies and institutions.

Former President Yameen is currently charged with money laundering, in relation to the embezzlement of MVR 1.3 billion from Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation. He is detained until the end of his trial.

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