“Islam, our great religion of peace, compassion and tolerance, is being hijacked by radical and extremist elements to perpetuate hatred and violence,” Dr Waheed said at the 69th session of the General Assembly.
“If we don’t want an executive dictatorship from a dictatorship, we don’t want a judicial dictatorship either,” the former speaker of parliament said, calling on the public to speak out for judicial reform.
“The commissioner of police said no one who wishes well or wants a good future for the country would speak ill of the public and talk either in the Maldives or abroad in a manner that could render the country’s sound institutions powerless,” reads a news update from the police media.
Supreme Court judges today denounced HRCM’s statements on the judiciary as “dangerous,” “irresponsible” and based on a “rejected” 2013 report by UN Rapporteur on Independence of Judges and Lawyers.
“The likely kidnapping of a leading local journalist and threats and attacks against other journalists, politicians and activists are particularly disturbing,” said John Baird.
A 25-year-old was taken into custody yesterday with an arrest warrant, police revealed, after which the court granted an extension of remand detention for five days.