MP arrested for attempting to overthrow government

MP arrested for attempting to overthrow government
January 27 16:32 2018

Lawmaker Faris Maumoon has been arrested, police confirmed Saturday, days after he was released from custody.

Police spokesman Ahmed Shifan said the politician was arrested in relation to an ongoing investigation. He did not give further details.

Faris’ lawyers told RaajjeTV the charges were attempting to overthrow the government.

The arrest warrant, a copy of which has been seen by the Maldives Independent, says the charges are bribing lawmakers and attempting to overthrow the government with the help of some politicians.

There are also suspicions that if Faris remains free he will obstruct the investigation, hide evidence, tamper with evidence, destroy evidence and influence eyewitnesses. An anonymous witness gave the evidence upon which the warrant is based, the warrant also said.

He was transferred to a police detention facility on Dhoonidhooi island.

US Ambassador to the Maldives Atul Keshap criticised the arrest, saying the circumstances around it suggested that the due process of law and fair play in politics remained under threat in the country.

Faris’ father and former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom tweeted earlier: “Police have forced their way into Endherimaage (Gayoom’s home in Malé) against the instructions on the court order.

“The court warrant ordered the search of places related to Faris Maumoon. There is no room or office belonging to Faris Maumoon in Endhirimaage. Even after they were told this, they forced their way in and are searching the house.”


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  1. Michael Fahmy
    January 28, 00:32 #1 Michael Fahmy

    This is the continuation of a family feud which involves Yameen and Gayoom. There is nothing new here. Maldivian politics has always been the same. Mohamed Ameen, Ibrahim Nasir and Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, all three did it. They did it all the time. This is Maldivian politics pure and simple. I remember everything vividly. The Yameen ways have roots in firmly based Maldivian political traditions.

    Only people who have short memories or poorly educated youngish Maldivians will dispute this claim and statement of mine.

    There are plenty of these above mentioned types living in Male especially and Maldives in general.

    This is Maldivian political culture. No change of and to this culture can take place in the near future.

    Yameen is president. He is.

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    • Coup man
      January 30, 19:02 Coup man

      Ah, but you forget – a change has happened from then to now; the simple fact that coups are entirely legal and not even the commonwealth can say no.

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