Police summon lawmaker for questioning over “inciteful” speech

Thimarafushi MP Mohamed Musthafa speaks at opposition rally. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU

Thimarafushi MP Mohamed Musthafa speaks at opposition rally. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU

Maldives Police Service on Sunday ordered Thimarafushi MP Mohamed Musthafa, who is accused of spreading talks that could incite a coup, to present himself to Police Headquarters on Monday for questioning.

The lawmaker is facing the accusations after he made an appearance on pro-opposition television channel Raajje TV on July 28. He is accused of speaking with regards to the state in a manner that could incite the people to commit unlawful acts and attempt to topple the current government and president.

Police had previously summoned MP Musthafa for questioning but soon afterwards cancelled the session.

Police stated that they will also take MP Musthafa’s statement and voice samples during the interrogation.

The Criminal Court has also warranted a travel ban of three months on MP Musthafa in connection to the investigation. The warrant orders Maldives Immigration to ban the lawmaker from travelling out of the Maldives from August 8 – November 8, citing that MP Musthafa may attempt to flee the country as the reason behind the ban.

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