Top opposition lawmaker Ahmed Mahloof became the latest politician to be freed from remand custody after the opposition alliance won Sunday's presidential elections.
The South-Galolhu MP was charged with terrorism after he led a protest near the main prison in Maafushi island calling on the government to implement the landmark Supreme Court order on February 1.
The South-Galolhu MP faces terrorism charges after he led a protest near the main prison in Maafushi island calling on the government to implement the landmark Supreme Court order on February 1.
The island nation has been embroiled in fresh political turmoil after the Supreme Court on February 1 ordered the immediate release of jailed political leaders including self-exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed.
President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom had declared state of emergency after his last ditch attempt to convince the top court to revoke the order failed, purged the Supreme Court by arresting two judges and the remaining political leaders and ultimately had the order revoked.
The outspoken lawmaker is also facing charges of “providing false information” relate to two separate Tweets, each carrying a six-month sentence.
Mahloof was held in prison before he was transferred to house arrest in April.
Mahloof's release came less than a day after freed more opposition politicians following the opposition alliance elections victory.
As many as nine politicians including former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was brought to the capital from the main prison in Maafushi island to be produced in court late Monday.
However, the court freed South Machchangoalhi MP Abdulla Sinan, Dhangethi lawmaker Ilham Ahmed Gayoom's son-in-law Ahmed Nadeem and former police chief Ahmed Areef who had been in remand until the end of their trials. The four had been charged with terrorism for conspiring to overthrow the government following the landmark Supreme Court ruling in February.
The court refused to rule on the custodial detention of Gayoom, his lawmaker son, Faris Maumoon, former chief justice Abdulla Saeed and top court judge Ali Hameed pointing out that they had all been jailed on criminal convictions.
The Criminal Court has already released Jumhoory Party deputy leader Abdulla Riyaz earlier Monday.