Maldives Police Service (MPS) says criminal records of more than 15,000 individuals have been cleared following an amendment brought to its regulation, on disclosing criminal records, to exclude those who commit major crimes.
Speaking to VNews on Sunday, spokesperson of MPS, Superintendent of Police Ahmed Shifan said their records were wiped for employment purposes.
He said that even those who have committed petty crimes used have great difficulties getting jobs, but due to the amendment such records can be cleared, which would make it easy for them to seek employment.
The amendment, which came into effect on November 8, states the circumstances in which a person will be considered to have criminal records which has to be disclosed for employment purposes. That includes major crimes stated in the Criminal Procedures Act, rape and child abuse.
In addition, it states that cases forwarded to the Prosecutor General’s Office should be taken into account when clearing criminal records.