Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) Vice President and spokesperson Ibahim Shareef has claimed that Maldivian Democratic Party senior activists are sending death threats and damaging the property of DRP senior leaders.
Shareef claimed MDP senior activists had broke the glasses of his shop near Ahmadiyya by throwing pavement bricks at it.
”I have been receiving many death threats via SMS,” Shareef said. ”They are saying things like they would kill me and cut me into pieces.”
Shareef said all the attacks were “due to the hatred MDP activists have towards the DRP leaders.”
”They have been throwing stones at my house for a week now,” he said. ”If these acts are continuing we might have to become strict.”
The MDP “has a responsibility for them to stop these violent acts of their activists” Shareef said.
DRP MP and Vice President Ali Waheed said he had been receiving threats for more than a year, and was “quite used to them by now. I don’t care about it much.”
Waheed said he received threats via SMS and in person.
”One day a group of people entered my house when I was not at home,” he said. ”They took a knife and threatened my Mum.”
Spokesperson for Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) Ahmed Haleem said the claims from the DRP leaders “are lies”, and an attempt to attack the dignity of the MDP.
”I am sure than none of us would attack or threaten the DRP,” he said. ”They are just trying to gain political support bhy spreading rumours.”
Haleem said he had seen people “burn their own house and rebuild them just for political purposes.”
Sub Inspector Ahmed Shiyam from the Maldives Police Service (MPS) meanwhile confirmed that police had received “many reports from politicians saying they are being threatened.”
He added that police were currently collecting more information on the cases.