Criminal Court releases assets of alleged drug lord

The Criminal Court has ordered the bank accounts of alleged drug lord Hussein Mohamed Manik be unfrozen.

Manik was arrested for allegedly dealing drugs at a large scale, however the court earlier found that police evidence was insufficient.

The court order issued on last Tuesday overruled an order issued on April 13, 2009 to freeze Hussein’s bank accounts.

Haveeru reported that police have requested the Prosecutor General’s (PG) Office appeal in the High Court, however the matter has yet to be filed.

Earlier this year the Criminal Court acquitted another alleged drug lord, Ahmed Naseer, after police confiscated Rf5 million (US$389,000) from his houses in Male and Hithadhoo.