Opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has alleged religious extremists have abducted and threatened young people for alleged impiety.
“The Maldivian Democratic Party has received information that some religious extremists have kidnapped young people claiming they had committed irreligious acts,” said the party.
“The extremists blindfolded the young people, took them to remote locations against their will, threatened them with sharp weapons, threatened them with death, issued sentences in a false trial, and are now implementing these sentences.”
The abductors then told the hostages they will be killed if any news of the abduction is shared with any other party.
The MDP said it believed “these dangerous acts of terrorism” are against the Maldives constitution, its laws, and Islamic Sharia, and are being committed by individuals for personal gain.
The party has called on the government to take immediate action.
Minivan News is waiting on a response from the Maldives Police Services and the President’s Office.