Faris arrest is ‘political atrocity’, says opposition

Faris arrest is ‘political atrocity’, says opposition
January 29 14:23 2018

MP Faris Maumoon’s arrest is a political atrocity that proves how the government is influencing state institutions, the opposition coalition has alleged.

A spokesman from the President’s Office earlier confirmed that President Abdulla Yameen ordered police to arrest his nephew Faris.

At a press briefing Sunday night, MP Ibrahim Mohamed Solih from the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party, described the arrest as an “extreme form of brutality”.

There is no need of a constitution that ensures separation of powers if the head of state decides everything, he said.

“The constitution tasks the president with the duty to protect people’s rights. I do not believe they [government] can misinterpret the constitution and issue such an order on police. The president does not have that authority,” he said.

Faris was arrested days after he was released from custody, on charges of bribing politicians and attempting to overthrow the government.

Before his arrest, police raided his residence and the apartment of his father and former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

An aide close to Gayoom told local media that police have not left the vicinity of the residence since the day of the raid.

Security forces have also been recording the names of everyone coming in and out of the former president’s house since earlier this month, after the Maldives National Defence Force allegedly received a report of a death threat.

“Police gave us a document Saturday night after concluding the raid in Endherimaage (the name of the house). So why are there two SO officers still stationed near this house? Two MNDF officials are also still inside Endherimaage. Is this just for strengthening security purposes?” Gayoom’s daughter Yumna tweeted.

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  1. Michael Fahmy
    January 30, 01:32 #1 Michael Fahmy

    Hei, you guys in the Maldives. I like to hear about your president, his politics, his police force his army and his judiciary.

    Guys. There was a presidential election yesterday in Finland where I live. The election was preceded by hot and heated debate and campaigning. There were eight candidates which included an almost equal number of men and women.

    I attended some of the election meetings. And there were lots of events on the TV screen. Speeches, debates and discussions etc.

    How different are the things happening over here compared to what goes on in political Maldives? You can’t believe it. Everything is so peaceful, intellectual and uncontroversial.

    Why can’t the Maldivians conduct their affairs of state and politics so beautifully? As the Finns do.

    A new president has been elected. The sitting president has been re-elected. All the candidates congratulated each other and especially they congratulated the winning candidate and made him promise that he will be a good president for all the people of the country.

    There is no blame-game, no accusations, no bitterness and no hatred. No going to court to seek revenge or justice.

    No police brutality. No coup.

    No candidates will be put into prison here. No candidates will be exiled. No candidates will be put under house-arrest.

    No family feuds before, during and after the election.

    USA, Germany and UK have not warned their people not to come to Finland.

    Parliament, the Cabinet, the President, the Judiciary, Civil Service, Police and the Army work together in peace and harmony.

    Lawyers do not get arrested.

    The police have not followed me or come to my house. Me, my wife, my children and grandchildren are completely safe.

    The rule of law prevails. Finland is an EU country.

    How about you??

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    • MissIndia
      January 30, 14:49 MissIndia

      Michael you are comparing a progressive Scandinavian country with a chaotic politically unstable Muslim country where there is no freedom of any kind. Most Muslim countries are the same, ruled by unelected kings, despots and dictators. How many muslim countries have the freedoms we take for granted in secular democracies? Saudi Arabia, ruled by an unelected king, will permit women to drive very soon, bans worship of all faiths except for islam and still holds public executions. I rest my case. No surprise then that most displaced persons, refugees and asylum seekers in the world today are from dysfunctional Muslim countries.

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