No reports of abuse to a female in custody: Police

Police Officers seen outside a polling station in Malé City. According to Maldives Police Service, more than 2,000 police officers will be station around the country for the Local Council Elections | Photo: Police

Malé, Maldives – Maldives Police Service (MPS) stated that no complaints have been submitted regarding abuse of a woman in police custody.

Police stated this after Opposition PNC VP and Maduvvari MP Adam Shareef tweeted out earlier today that he is extremely concerned after Police used excessive force on a remanded woman last night . Shareef added that the woman received extensive damage to her hand, attaching xrays of the supposed victim.

Shareef also stated that this was unacceptable, and a complaint on the matter will be submitted to Maldivian Parliament and other relevant authorities.

Following these allegations, a Police media official stated that there have been no reports of excessive force being used on a woman in Police custody, or resulting injuries.

The official added that if such an incident occured, the best course of action would be to follow the policy regarding such issues and work with relevant authorities. He also guaranteed that MPS would fully cooperate on the matter.

MPS is in hot water over another case of alleged abuse- Ahsan Mohamed, who was remanded over an attempted terrorist attack was allegedly beaten by Police according to his family, who have submitted a complaint to Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) regarding the matter.