A man has been released from police custody yesterday (April 2) after being taken to the Criminal Court seven minutes past his legally allowed period of detention.
Local media reported that the police had arrested the individual on a drug case, and that he was allegedly one of the drug barons arrested earlier this year.
When authorities realised his detention period had expired, the man was released by police without charge.
According to the constitution, any person detained must be presented before a judge within 24 hours.
Police have arrested a man in Laamu atoll Mathimaradhu in relation to drug trafficking.
Police claimed that Hassan ‘Achan’ Yoosuf was a major player in the drug trade for Laamu Atoll, and believed to control more than 50% of the drug trade in the atoll.
Sub-Inspector Ahmed Azhan of the Drug Investigation Department said police have been keeping tabs on Yoosuf for “quite some time now.”
Police said when Yoosuf was apprehended he tried to dispose of some packets that were in his possession, which were later confirmed to be 50 grams of narcotics.
Azhan said that Yoosuf’s arrest was a huge step forward in the fight against drugs.