Yoga Day unrest: Police summons Sheikh Fazloon once again

Religious scholar Sheikh Fazloon Mohamed has once again been ordered to appear before the police.

On June 21, a group stormed the National Stadium while an event to mark International Yoga Day was ongoing. The event was held despite religious scholars advising against it, as yoga is considered impermissible in Islam under several fatwas. Twenty-one people, including two religious scholars Fazloon and Adam Nishan, were arrested. The scholars were taken into custody despite video footage from the event showing the scholars advising protestors to maintain peace.

Fazloon, who was arrested on June 22, was held in custody for one month. He was released by the Criminal Court on July 21. AVAS has learned that he was not questioned by the police during his time in custody.

Following Fazloon's release, he was summoned to the police for questioning on Saturday afternoon, and his statement regarding the Yoga Day events was recorded. According to Sheikh Fazloon, he has been asked to appear before the police on Sunday night for further questioning and to sign his statement.