Amnesty International has called for a fair trial for arrested Dhiggaru MP Faris Maumoon.
Faris has been remanded for the duration of the trial and is currently being kept in prison.
In a statement on their website, Amnesty said they have concerns that Faris will suffer the same fate as other opposition members who had previously been convicted on false charges.
“The Maldives has long denied members of the political opposition a fair trial. There have been convictions on trumped-up charges, for all sorts of alleged offences from trespassing to terrorism. There are serious concerns that Faris Maumoon will suffer the same fate. He must be given a fair trial in line with international standards,” said Biraj Patnaik, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director.
The statement also highlighted that the opposition members were barred from entering parliament, after the no-confidence motion, headed by Faris, was filed.
Faris’ bribery charge hearing was scheduled for last week but was later cancelled. His hearing has been rescheduled for September 28.
Faris’ attorney Maumoon Hameed said he believes the trial would be held and a verdict would be issued in favor of Faris.