The Criminal Court has released six persons arrested during the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) protest calling for presidential elections, on condition that they do not participate in protests for two months.
A police spokesperson today told Minivan News that, as of this morning nine protesters were in police custody.
”The court extended two person’s detention period to 15 days,” he said, adding that they were arrested on charges of objection to order and obstructing police duty.
In a statement issued last night (28 September) police said that a total 15 persons have been arrested following unrest in Male’ since September 23.
Police said three were arrested without any conditions, and that the court had extended the detention period of six persons.
Police Spokesperson said that last night seven others were arrested in addition to the 15 persons mention in the statement issued.
”15 is the total amount of persons that were arrested,” he said. ”Some of them have also been released without being taken to the court.”
MDP protesters took to the streets following an injunction issued by the Supreme Court regarding a case filed at the court by Jumhooree Party- led by unsuccessful first round candidate Gasim Ibrahim – to annul the poll on allegations that there had been major issues with the voter registration, and that the Elections Commission had changed votes.
After the Supreme Court issued the injunction, pro-MDP supporters have been protesting everyday near the Supreme Court and other areas of Male’.
MDP has also questioned the legitimacy of decisions made by the Supreme Court as certain judges on the bench have been accused of misdeeds, most notably Justice Ali Hameed who remaind subject to an ongoing investigations into leaked video tapes appearing to depict him engaging in sexual relations with foreign women.
Pairs of large white underpants – similar to those worn by the figure in the sex video – have become a common theme in the last week’s protests.