PPM to start protest activities against HC verdict

The opposition has announced that it will protest the High Court ruling supporting the lower court money laundering conviction against former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom. The decision to begin protest activities was made by the joint council of the Progressive Coalition in an emergency meeting held on Saturday.

The motion proposing to begin protests was presented to the council by interim opposition leader and president of the Peoples’ National Congress, Abdul Raheem Abdulla.

According to the motion, the Criminal Court ruling which found the former president guilty of money laundering was laced with political motive and against the Islamic Shariah and the rules of the law. The High Court decision to support the lower court ruling was also politically motivated, said the motion.

While it has been decided that the party would protest the outcome of the trial, it is unclear how the protest activities will proceed.