Suspects in MDP rally attack released

All seven suspects arrested in connection with an attack on an opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) rally in Addu City on Friday night have been released.

A police media official told local media that the suspects were released last night due to lack of sufficient evidence for prosecution.

While 16 suspects were arrested from the scene after a group of masked men attacked MDP supporters at the Feydhoo harbour area with wooden planks and stones, police released nine suspects the following morning.

Police said the remaining suspects were released due to lack of evidence to hold them in remand detention, though the case remained under investigation.

Three police officers injured in the clashes were treated at the Feydhoo health centre, police said.