Expatriates arrested from Bodufinolhu released

Male’, Maldives – Expatriates who were arrested from B. Bodufinolhu for rioting have been released by Maldives Police Service.

The 19 foreign workers who were employed under RIX company, owned by MP Riza were released and handed over to Maldives Immigration on Monday. Following their arrest on 3rd July, they were held in remand twice, each time for 15 days.

The protest was fueled by months of salaries being delayed with inhumane conditions of living and the lack of food and other necessities provided to the workers who were kept on the island which was being developed as a resort. The protestors held several local workers captive during their protests, which escalated matters.

When police officers of B. Thulhaadhoo police station went to the island, the protestors confronted the officers which saw some officers being injured. Following this, a team comprising public order response units along with investigation team with two senior officers, as well as two members of the Bangladeshi High Commission traveled to the island to attempt and sort out the matters.

Eventually the locals were rescued and the expatriates were arrested.