Individuals who refused to undergo a routine urine examination following their arrest on the island drug and alcohol raid could face prosecution.
The Thursday night raid carried out by police saw various members of parliament and senior politicians arrested on the island of Haa Dhaalu Hondaidhoo, for alleged alcohol and narcotic abuse.
Police Sub-Inspector and Media Official Hassan Hannef said police requested all persons arrested at Hondaidhoo to provide urine samples for a routine examination. However, only Hamdhaan Zaki, G Hilaalyge and three foreigners complied with the request.
MP for Kaashidhoo Constituency Abdullah Jabir, MP for Henveiru Dhekunu Constituency Haamid Abdul Ghafoor, former President Nasheed’s Press Secretary Mahomet Zuhair, his wife Mariyam Faaiza, and former President Nasheed’s Chief Advisor Ibrahim Hussain Zaki, allegedly refused to cooperate with police in the urine testing procedure.
According to the Drug Act, Sections 123(a), 161(a) and 161(b), any person arrested on suspicion of having abused alcohol or narcotics has an obligation to comply with police requests for routine urine examination by promptly providing urine samples, and failure to comply is a criminal offence punishable with a one-year jail sentence.