Police summon protest website developer

Fazeena Ahmed, Haveeru News Service
Dec 14, 2011 - 04:37
  • The promotional website of the mass protest scheduled for December 23, 2011 is displayed on a laptop computer during the launching ceremony of the website on December 11, 2011 at the Artificial Beach in Male. HAVEERU PHOTO/ NASRULLA SOLIH

Police last evening summoned the developer of the promotional website of the mass protest to be held on December 23 following the death threats published against "anti-Islam" activists.

Ali Ahsan said police wanted to clarify who instructed him to develop the website and who published the information on it.

"The police also questioned whether those inappropriate phrases or those slogans [calling for the killing of people] were present when the information was published on the website," he said.

Ahsan, who also serves as the editor of the online publication DhiIslam, said the police also confiscated the hard drive used for the website's development.

Ahsan further claimed that the death threats were not present in the website at the time of launching. Hackers later doctored the slogans, he accused.

The slogans on the website included "the ruling of those who break the laws and challenge Islam is killing them by the public", "today's law is to kill anti-Islam activists… and those who support them" and "ready to kill anyone who challenge the religion of Islam without regarding his party".

The police yesterday summoned Adhaalath Party President Sheikh Imran Abdulla and Civil Coalition official Abdulla Mohamed over the death threats.

Hackers infiltrated the website yesterday and threatened the organisers of the protest by putting a message on its homepage saying, "we'll come out against you with machetes if you protest."

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