Police have confiscated an engraved stone statue put up for sale on local online auction website www.ibay.com.mv following complaints that the item could be an “idol of worship”.
A police media official confirmed to newspaper Haveeru that police seized the statue following reports from members of the public.
Police were determining whether the statue was “an object of worship,” the media official explained. If the statue was found not to be an “idol,” he said, it would be returned to its owner.
The owner, Hassan Jinah, meanwhile told the local daily that similar stone statues could be found in local shops.