“I don’t believe that sitting there would enable me to do anything good for this country,” said Shahinda Ismail after her resignation last night. “If police are allowed to act like this – there will never be an end to this.”
“Why doesn’t the Supreme Court take the initiative and transfer the case against Nasheed from the unlawful Hulhumale’ court to a legally established court? He would willingly attend [his trial] then,” MDP MP Ahmed Sameer has claimed.
Masked police in gas masks and riot gear have stormed a house on Fares-Mathoda in Gaaf Dhaal Atoll and taken former President Mohamed Nasheed into custody.
While stressing that attacks on politicians within the country remained “rare” occurrences, Dr Musthafa Luthfy claimed that it was the responsibility of police to ensure “order was maintained” across the nation amidst rising political tensions.
Police confirm that they have been given a warrant by the Hulhumale’ Magistrate’s Court which empowers them to arrest former President Mohamed Nasheed – currently campaigning in the south – and to present him at Tuesday’s criminal court hearing.
Minister of Islamic Affairs Minister Shaheem Ali Saeed meanwhile said the Islamic Ministry had not forced Afrasheem to offer a public apology for anything in his last television appearance.
Gang members interviewed by the Asia Foundation were paid thousands of rufiya to attack political opponents, protest and destroy property, with many stating that immunity from prosecution was normally part of the deal.
“Not in the mood to be straitjacketed and put in a dungeon,” Nasheed tells supporters, as legal team challenges legitimacy of Hulhumale Magistrate Court.
When legal systems break down to the level we are seeing, laws are not worth the paper they are written on, argues Chairman of the Constitutional Drafting Committee, Ibrahim ‘Ibra’ Ismail.