Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has said that the Prosecutor General (PG) Mohamed Muizz had failed and that there is no equality in pressing criminal charges.
Speaking to reporters outside the Justice Building, Chairperson of the MDP Rights Committee and lawyer Abdulla Shairu said that the PG is to work independently on an unbiased basis, yet the current actions of the PG do not seem to be so as some are charged with minor violations, others with comparatively significant violations are not charged.
He pointed out that some have been sued for crossing police lines during the protest held on March 1 while those responsible for uprooting trees during the administration of former President Nasheed have not been sued by the state so far.
In the press briefing, MDP’s Legal Committee Chairperson Ahmed Abdulla Afeef said that a huge number of people are being apprehended and most of them are charged within court houses in the islands. He said that this is causing difficulty in providing legal assistance to the people apprehended and charged of various offences. He added that many people are being released upon terms which undermine their rights, for instance ordering not to participate in political rallies.
Afeef said that they had met with the PG on two separate occasions and are now preparing to share more information with the PG about the events after the transition of power.