A RaajjeTV journalist is being treated at a Colombo hospital for injuries sustained at the hands of Maldives police while covering an opposition protest.
Hussan Hussain boarded a plane to Sri Lanka on Sunday evening. Police tried to stop him from leaving but failed as he had already passed through the boarding gate.
“Hassan had sustained internal injuries and had to be taken to Sri Lanka for treatment to make sure that he received proper treatment,” RaajjeTV COO Hussain Fiyaz Moosa told the Maldives Independent.
Hussain was among 20 journalists taken to hospital as a result of police force at the Friday protest.
“Doctors are saying that bruises on his body show that Hassan was beaten on the chest, there’s small cuts all over his body too. We don’t know if it was animals or humans who attacked him,” Fiyaz told the Maldives Independent at the time.
“I thank almighty Allah who made me survive through this oppression. And thanks to all the people who stood with me in this difficult time. And to those who prayed for me,” Hussain tweeted after reaching Colombo.