Former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has called for the immediate release of his son, Dhiggaru MP Faris Maumoon, citing he was not charged with the offence he was accused of at the time of his “unlawful” arrest.
In a statement on Saturday, Gayoom said that Faris was arrested, on the accusation of offering bribes, unlawfully without any evidence. He also stated that the documents presented to court by the prosecution as evidence against Faris prove that he was charged based on fabricated evidence.
The statement highlighted that, although Faris was arrested on the accusation of offering bribes, the state charged him, under article 510 of the Penal Code, with accepting bribes. Therefore, Gayoom said that Faris is being detained unlawfully and should be released immediately.
According to Gayoom, Faris is being framed and detained to obstruct the opposition’s reform efforts.
Faris was arrested on July 18, after almost a four-hour search of his apartment in M. Snow Rose. The Criminal Court ordered to keep the MP in detention pending the outcome of his trial.
However, it is noteworthy that when the court ordered his indefinite detention, he had not even been charged. He was charged on August 17, and the court summoned him on August 28 to hand over case documents.
The MP appealed his detention to the High Court. And although 30 days have passed since hearings were concluded, the court is yet to issue its verdict. As per the Penal Code, verdict has to be issued within 30 days of the final hearing of a case.