Charges filed against man who threatened Nasheed

The Prosecutor General's Office has filed charges against the man arrested for posting multiple death threats against Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed.

The Prosecutor General's Office's media official, Ahmed Shafeeu said Ismail Yasif, 40, shared a document on social media which pledged his allegiance to the terrorist organization, IS. He said Yasif posted several threats against Nasheed on multiple social media platforms since 2020. The three charges raised against Yasif are incitement to terrorism, threatening to carry out an act of terrorism, and supporting a terrorist organization. Incitement to terrorism carries a sentence of 10 to 15 years in prison while threatening to carry out an act of terrorism carries a penalty of 4 to 6 years. Supporting a terrorist organization carries a sentence of 3 to 5 years in prison.

Yasif was arrested in R. Meedhoo on September 21 for posting on social media that he would harm the former president of the Maldives if he returned to the Maldives. Nasheed was in the United Kingdom at that time, recuperating from injuries he sustained in a terror attack targeted at him last May. When Yasif was brought to the Criminal Court to decide on his remand, he repeated his threats, resulting in the judge sentencing him to 15 days in jail for contempt of court. He was also remanded in custody for a further 15 days. When he was later summoned to court, he again repeated his threats, and the presiding judge sentenced him to jail for 30 days for contempt of court.