Home ministry requests court to tag nine people under MoniCon order

Man tagged with an ankle monitor under the MoniCon order. PHOTO/POLICE

Man tagged with an ankle monitor under the MoniCon order. PHOTO/POLICE

The home minister has filed at the High Court to tag nine people, who are accused of major criminal offences, with ankle monitors under the MoniCon order of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

The MoniCon order is issued by the High Court, based on the home minister’s proposals, to monitor the activities of dangerous suspects. The ministry’s special committee on the MoniCon order approved to tag these nine suspects earlier this month amidst an upsurge of gang violence in capital Male.

Police spokesperson on Tuesday revealed that the request was submitted to the court the day before. However, he did not disclose the identities of the nine individuals.

The Anti-Terrorism Act came into effect in 2015 during the tenure of the former home minister, Umar Naseer, who took the initiative to tag dangerous suspects under the MoniCon order. While he had subsequently come under political pressure for carrying out the order, tagging of dangerous suspects had been at a halt following his resignation on June 21, 2016.

Violations of the MoniCon order carries a jail sentence of one and half years.

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