Arrested police officers face serious accusations

Members and supporters of MDP during a rally, holding posters of the police officers that were arrested after the Supreme Court's ruling on February 1, 2018.

Members and supporters of MDP during a rally, holding posters of the police officers that were arrested after the Supreme Court’s ruling on February 1, 2018.

Eight police officers, who were arrested over allegedly staging a coup after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling of February 1, have been accused of major criminal offences under the Penal Code and the Anti-Terrorism Act.

The former Special Operations Commander Saif Hussain, Station Inspector Faiz Mohamed, Sergeant Ahmed Asim, Sergeant Ali Rishwan, Sergeant Abdulla Riyaz, Corporal Ali Naseer, Corporal Hassan Naseer, and Corporal Mohamed Shamin were arrested after being accused of attempting a coup, violently going against peacekeeping security forces, and compromising trust in security forces.

Under the Penal Code, they are accused of refusing to carry out their lawful duties, obstructing law enforcement officers and law enforcement, obstructing the functioning of the state, and compromising public interests.

Moreover, they also face accusations under the Anti-Terrorism Act, including attempts to influence the government, comprising public safety to propagate unlawful political and religious ideologies, and being accomplices to an act of terrorism.

In the wake of their arrests and accusations, the eight police officers have been dismissed from their posts.

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