Dharumavantha mosque Imam to be held in pre-trial detention

The Criminal Court ordered police yesterday to hold an individual arrested for leading an independent prayer congregation at Dharumavantha mosque in Malé in remand detention until the conclusion of his trial.

The 34-year-old man was arrested on September 30 on charges of “attempting to incite religious strife and discord” and leading prayers without authorisation from the Islamic ministry in violation of the Protection of Religious Unity Act of 1994 and regulations under the law.

According to police, the Prosecutor General’s Office filed charges against the accused at the Criminal Court on October 19.