Prominent lawyer Husnu Suood has claimed that the government plans to relocate Ibrahim Nasir’s tomb from the Friday Mosque.
The housing ministry has recently announced a bid to construct the café near the Friday Mosque, and some have claimed that tombs, including that of Ibrahim Nasir, in the mosque’s courtyard will be destroyed to make way for the project.
Suood said the tombs of the two architects that designed the mosque will also be destroyed in order to build the café.
Former President Ibrahim Nasir spearheaded the independence movement back when Maldives was still a British protectorate. After his death in Singapore on November 22, 2008, his body was taken to Maldives and buried in the Friday Mosque.
The government has faced repeated public condemnation over the destruction and relocation of historic structures.
The government has included the plan to demolish historic Bihuroaz Mosque, near the Tomb of Bodu Thakurufaanu in Male’, and replace it with a 12-storey multi-purpose building in next year’s state budget.
The government has previously demolished two historic coral stone mosques in the capital city, and dismantled Kalhu Vakaru Mosque in Sultan Park, after claiming that it would be relocated to Thinadhoo.
Housing ministry's workers had also dug inside the Ali Rasgefaanu Tomb to install a pump near the site for the anti-flooding system in Male’.