The joint opposition says the verdict issued to Dhiggaru MP Ahmed Faris Maumoon on the identity theft charge was unjust.
In a statement released on Sunday, the opposition stated that Faris played a huge role in bringing Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) into existence, and was still representing PPM at the parliament when he was summoned to the police station over the issue.
As Faris was representing PPM’s President and had disclosed the agreement information with the opposition parties at the conference where the PPM flag and logo were used, it does not violate any of PPM’s laws, the statement read.
Faris’ 11 months detention was also unjust as the trial itself was unconstitutional and went against the Islamic Shariah laws, the Maldives Constitution and the international treaties the country is party to. Hence, the government deliberately harmed Faris, the statement read.
The statement also pointed out that Faris had repeatedly denied the charges against him, and the work done by the police under the guise of working against crime, had been politically motivated. Faris had also pointed out that the trials are being carried out on the whims of a certain individual and called on employees at state institutions to be loyal to their responsibilities while pocketing salaries given from the people’s money, the statement read.
The parties also stated that no matter how many times he is unjustly jailed or detained, Faris would never back away from the reform work, while the perpetrators will soon have to face justice. The parties also applauded Faris for the strength and perseverance he continues to show under such difficult circumstances.
In the statement, the parties called on authorities to immediately release all political detainees.