Jumhooree Party (JP) says its deputy leader and Kinbidhoo MP Abdulla Riyaz has been unlawfully arrested to achieve a political agenda of President Abdulla Yameen.
In a statement released on Tuesday, JP strongly condemned the arrests of JP’s deputy leader, other political leaders, MPs and journalists stating that this was being done in order to force compliance and garner support for President Yameen.
The statement read that the small number of supporters behind President Yameen, who supports his rule while the people of the country detests it, has led to corruption within society, irreversibly harmed its people, deprived them of their basic rights and resulted in inhuman treatment of prisoners.
It has also hijacked the judiciary, parliament and independent institutions, hurtling the country into chaos, stripping the nation of its identity and leaving its people vulnerable, the statement said.
“Although all these actions are unlawful, it is being facilitated by some senior individuals of the security forces, who are following President Yameen’s orders without any thought to the consequences of these actions to the people they are sworn to protect and serve. Officers in masks with their identities hidden, have been harming and injuring the very people they are meant to protect. We call them not to repeat such brutal actions against the innocent people of the country”, JP’s statement read.
JP also said that while the three powers are separated in the constitution, the current situation in the country depicts a dictatorship that goes against the very core of democracy.
JP said they believe that it is the duty of the security forces to free the people from the current dictatorship that has aimed to silence everyone that opposes its unlawful actions.
“We call on the people to remain steadfast on the path of reform and request all not to obstruct the reform work done to achieve this”, JP concluded the statement.
Riyaz was taken back to the detention centre in Dhoonidhoo after being produced in Criminal Court on Sunday. Riyaz, who is being tried on influencing official conduct charge, was given two days to submit case documents to the court.
He was informed that a hearing will be held five days later and he was given the opportunity to seek legal representation during the period.
However, according to Riyaz’s legal team, after concluding that hearing, another hearing was held without him being given the opportunity to assign a legal representative and Riyaz was remanded for the duration of his trial. The court reached the decision on the State’s request, the statement read.