AP files police case over MDN report

Ruling coalition partner, Adhaalath Party (AP) has filed a case at Maldives Police Service to investigate the parties involved in preparing Maldives Democracy Network's report on radicalization in Maldives.

Adhaalath Party is headed by Home Minister Imran Abdulla, who is responsible for maintaining law and order in the Maldives at the national level.

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.

While the party has earlier condemned the contents of the report, the religiously conservative Adhaalath Party on Sunday revealed that the party has filed a police case regarding the report after consultation with their council of scholars.

The Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN) is a non-partisan NGO which aims to promote human rights and the values and principles of democracy in the Maldives.

Although written in 2015 and published in 2016, the contents of the report caught wind only recently. While the issue of the report has escalated, several people on social media have been calling to ban the NGO, and are creating a petition for the cause.