Three opposition lawmakers escape prosecution

Prosecutors have refused to formally charge three opposition lawmakers publicly urging opposition supporters to take to the streets in protest during the recent state of emergency.

Former ruling party lawmaker MP Mohamed Ameeth, Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MP Imthiyaz Fahmy and Jumhoory Party (JP) lawmaker Faisal Naseem had escaped prosecution as prosecutors had not found any grounds to file criminal charges.

Police had summoned and questioned the trio on several occasions after they, during a press conference urged people from across the country to take to the streets in protest against the government's refusal to obey the landmark Supreme Court order on February 1.

The trio had been banned from leaving the country which had made Ameeth to miss his grandfather's funeral recently.

Its unclear whether the travel ban has been lifted with the decision not to prosecute.