A total of Rf46 million (US$3 million) will be needed to repair the damages caused to seven courts in different islands of the the southern most three atolls during the political unrest on February 8, the Department of Judicial Administration (DJA) has revealed.
During intense political tensions which erupted across Maldives on February 8 after the security forces brutally cracked down on a peaceful march of the former ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), police buildings and courts were torched and vandalised by protestors on several islands.
In a statement released on Tuesday the DJA said that four courts in Seenu atoll were damaged, including magistrate courts on Hithadhoo, Maradhoo, Feydhoo and Hulhudhoo-Meedhoo.
The magistrate court in Fuvahmulah and two courts on islands Rathafandhoo and Thinadhoo of Gaaf Dhaalu atoll were also damaged extensively in the attacks which has been blamed by the government on MDP supporters.
A total of Rf46 million is needed to replace furniture and machinery out of which repair costs account to almost Rf485,00, Rf1.8 million on furniture and the remaining Rf5.4 million will cover the cost for new equipment, according to the statement.