115 cases of assault in first five weeks of 2014

The Maldives Police Services have recorded 115 cases of assault in the first five weeks of 2014.

In the past five years, the highest number of assault cases were reported in 2008 (1612 cases) and 2010 (1637 cases). In 2013, the police received 1395 cases of assault.

Violence has been on the rise in Malé recently with opposition MP Alhan Fahmy stabbed on February 1.

He was flown to Sri Lanka to undergo spinal surgery after he was stabbed in the back. It is unclear if the MP will be able to regain movement in his right leg.