The Prosecutor General (PG)’s Office has withdrawn the case filed against the 12 opposition lawmakers who were charged with obstruction of law enforcement for allegedly breaking police ranks and entering the parliament building during a lockdown on July 24, 2017.
While some hearings were held on the case, it is not clear why the case has been withdrawn.
The MPs facing charges were:
1. Hinnavaru MP Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (MDP’s Parliamentary Group Leader)
2. Kinbidhoo MP Abdulla Riyaz (JP’s Parliamentary Group deputy leader)
3. North Henveiru MP Abdulla Shahid (former Speaker of Parliament)
4. North Hithadhoo MP Mohamed Aslam
5. South Henveiru MP Mohamed Abdul Kareem
6. West Maafannu MP Mohamed Falah
7. Kendhoo MP Ali Hussain
8. Central Hithadhoo MP Ibrahim Didi
9. Nolhivaram MP Hussain Areef
10. Villingili MP Saud Hussain
11. Thulusdhoo MP Mohamed Waheed Ibrahim
12. Maduvvari MP Mohamed Ameeth
The state submitted the case to Criminal Court during the third week of August last year.
The accused MPs had stated that they did not break through police lines and that police allowed them to enter the building because they are lawmakers. They also said police have no legal authority to block them from entering the parliament.
The security forces had used force to illegally remove the MPs from the parliament building on July 24, 2017.
Nine of the MPs were charged with obstruction of law enforcement officers, while the other three MPs, Thulusdhoo MP Mohamed Waheed Ibrahim, Villingili MP Saud Hussain and Maduvvari MP Mohamed Ameeth, were charged with unauthorized entry into a building.