Opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) today has requested to delay the prosecution of its members until the investigation into the incidents highlighted in the Commission of National Inquiry's (CNI) report are completed.
MDP had made the request today during a meeting held between the party’s Chairperson and Hulhu-henveiru constituency MP Moosa ‘Reeko’ Manik and the Prosecutor General (PG) Ahmed Muizzu.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Moosa alleged that while over 1,000 people had been arrested so far during the MDP protests held since February 7, cases of more than 200 have been forwarded to the PG’s Office for prosecution under various charges of criminal offences. He added that over 70 have been charged with terrorism.
Moosa further revealed that he had asked the PG to determine whether Police were arresting MDP members within the contours of the law as there were no legal restrictions to resorting to acts that do not violate the laws governing the nation. He also added that the PG has been requested to hold the cases of alleged offenders brought from the islets to Male in their island of origin.