The main opposition, the PPM-PNC coalition, has called for an urgent investigation into the death threats made against PNC's Vice President and Male' City Council member Ibrahim Shujau.
The coalition said in a statement that it was concerned about the death threat made against Shujau through an account on the social media platform Twitter. The handle, "@muzd9" tagged Sujau and made death threats against the councilor by threatening to stab him.
The opposition's statement called on the police to investigate the matter as soon as possible and take action after finding the owner of the Twitter account. The coalition further said its leaders have been insulted and threatened with death on several occasions and that the government should take such cases seriously and take action.
The opposition has been protesting in Male' City every night since the Criminal Court sentenced opposition leader and former President Abdulla Yameen to 11 years in prison on December 25, 2022, on a bribery and money-laundering conviction.
The statement said that threats would not stop the people of the Maldives from calling for the release of their leader. If the government and the main-ruling MDP think such threats would hinder their efforts, they are mistaken, the statement read.
"No matter how much intimidation and threats are made, this coalition's and senior members, and the people of the Maldives will not give up," the statement said.