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MDP submits 70 terrorism cases for review

15 March 2019, MVT 09:14
Former President Mohamed Nasheed giving his resignation following the political uproar of February 7. PHOTO: MIHAARU FILE PHOTO
15 March 2019, MVT 09:14

Maldives Democratic Party (MDP), on Wednesday, submitted 70 cases of terrorism charges concerning party members to the Prosecutor General's Office (PG) for review.

The cases concern various altercations that ensued in the wake of 2012's administrative change when former President Nasheed was allegedly forced to resign from office.

The party revealed that the cases being appealed under the newly established policy for criminal offences included all individuals charged with terrorism from Addu Atoll, as a result of the disputes.

Attorney General Ibrahim Riffath amended the procedural policies on criminal offences last December after a period of 10 years.

In addition to the 70 individuals charged in Addu, a total of 94 individuals from Thinadhoo, Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll and four individuals from Isdhoo, Laamu Atoll were charged with terrorism as a result of the events that followed the toppling of MDP’s government.

Moreover, 22 individuals from Ihavandhoo, Haa Alifu Atoll, eight individuals from Dhiddhoo, Haa Alifu Atoll, four individuals from Alifushi Raa Atoll, four individuals from Thulhaadhoo Baa Atoll and several others were charged with obstruction of justice.

Many of the charges were retracted, and some cases were concluded after collecting fines from the accused.

MDP’s government was toppled following former President Nasheed’s resignation during the demonstration protests lead by the opposition in which Police and military personnel also conspired against MDP’s government.

Even though former President Nasheed accused that February 7 was a staged coup, the National Inquiry Commission assembled to investigate the situation concluded it was not.