President of the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party's (MDP) Youth Wing and Deputy Chair of the party's Media Committee Aminath Shauna has been released from Police custody last night with a set of conditions.
Shauna said today that she was released on the condition that she must refrain from participating in protests for three weeks. Mariyam Mohamed who was arrested on the same day was also released by the court under the same conditions.
Shauna said that the Police had arrested her on claims that she had hurled bricks and bottles at the Police during the ‘Direct Action’ protest on Thursday and Friday whilst shouting profanity at the officers and for pushing the barricade set up by the Police.
“But they couldn’t present any evidence to back their claim. We submitted a video to the court but was told that it was not in the right format, and then the Police submitted photos,” she said.
She said that she believed the court released her after viewing the photos because the Police could not provide sufficient proof to back the charges. She also said that the she was “mistreated” under Police custody and that her phone has been withheld.
“I had a fever at the time I was arrested. The Police did not provide me with the prescribed medication after consulting a doctor for more than 24 hours,” she said.
However Police media official sub inspector Hassan Haneef said that Shauna had been provided the protection she is entitled to under the constitution following detainment and she had also been issued the necessary statements following detainment as stipulated by the constitution and that no rules or regulations had been violated in the treatment towards her following her detention.
He said that Shauna’s phone had been confiscated under a court order to obtain information required by the Police for the investigation.
“From the moment she was taken into Police custody she was given the necessary notifications. I think the court set the condition to refrain from protests for 21 days and confiscated her phone for a reason,” Haneef said.