The suspect was taken into custody on Tuesday night on charges of “attempting to incite religious strife and discord,” said police, and leading prayers without authorisation from the Islamic ministry in violation of the Protection of Religious Unity Act and regulations under the law.
“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.
“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 Nigerian tourist placed in a quarantine facility at the Hulhumalé hospital does not have a fever, an epidemiologist at the Health Protection Agency explained, and could not be considered a suspected Ebola case.
Police have confirmed that individuals named in a private investigation into the disappearance of Minivan News journalist Ahmed Rilwan have filed complaints, alleging fear for personal safety after receiving threats. Rilwan’s friends and colleagues also reported online harassment and threats.
“Don’t do this to our youth. Don’t make them do all these vile deeds after picking them out individually and leading them astray,” the opposition leader said at a Maldivian Democratic Party rally in Malé last night.
HRCM denies the accusation made by Education Ministry saying that the UPR was written up based on an outdated report.
“The government’s decision to sit for talks and compile a timeline is a sign President Yameen himself attended to the teacher’s demands,” Teachers Association of Maldives President Athif Abdul Hakeem told Minivan News.
Maldives contingent of more than two hundred athletes compete with world class athletes at the 2014 Asian Games held at Incheon, South Korea.