Man arrested for posting threats against Nasheed jailed again

The man arrested for posting death threats against the Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed has been sentenced to jail for one month for contempt of court.

Ismail Yasif Bin Khalid, 40, was arrested in R. Meedhoo for posting on social media that he would harm the former president of the Maldives if he returned to the Maldives. Nasheed is currently in the United Kingdom after having been a target of a terror attack last May, during which he sustained serious injuries.

When initially summoned to Raa. Ungoofaaru Magistrate Court at that time, he repeated the threats in court, which resulted in the judge sentencing him to 15 days in jail for contempt of court. The court also remanded him in custody for 15 days.

Yasif was summoned to the Criminal Court on Wednesday, where he once again repeated that Nasheed should be killed. The presiding judge, Ali Adam declared the statement as contempt of court, and sentenced him to jail for 30 days.

Nasheed has voiced reluctance to return to the Maldives before the investigation into the May 6 attack is fully concluded. He has requested the Parliament to extend his leave such that he is able to remain abroad for the time being.