Police assure action against controversial MDN report

Maldives Police Service have stated that required action will be taken regarding the report issued by Maldives Democracy Network (MDN) which referred to Islam and Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) in derogatory terms.

The report titled "Preliminary Assessment of Radicalization in Maldives" assessed how 'radical' Islam was practiced in the Maldives, describing Islam and Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) in a negative light, and in contradiction with the principles of Islam.

The contents of the report prompted harsh criticism from the public and religious scholars, with scores expressing their outrage and concern on the report.

In a statement released Saturday, the police said complaints of a report that contained anti-Islamic ideals and criticism towards Prophet Mohamed and the holy Qur'an were filed with the police by the public. While the issue was under investigation, a similar case was filed by the Islamic Ministry, said the police.

The police said they consider all cases of blasphemy and criticism on Islam and its principles as serious issues.

Therefore, MDN's report will be investigated thoroughly due to the alleged antagonistic contents in the report, and necessary action will be taken, said the police.

They further revealed that the relevant government authorities had been informed of the issue, and urged all to refrain from such actions that are against the law.

"We assure that this service will not hesitate in taking necessary legal action against those involved in such acts", said the police.