Malé, Maldives – The lawyers representing former President Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayyoom stated, on Monday, that he was denied access to social media groups by Maldives Correctional Service.
The statement from Yameen’s legal team follows the publication of a news article on local media ‘Raajje.mv’, accusing the ex-president, and Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM)’s incumbent leader, of engaging in political activities whilst under house arrest.
Denying all allegations against the Former President, the statement claimed that the information reported in the news article was “completely false”. His counsel noted that, although Maldives Correctional Service had allowed Former President Yameen access to his phone, they did not permit his participation in PPM’s political groups hosted on social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Viber.
Further, his team asserted that Former President Yameen has not violated any of the regulations set by Maldives Correctional Service and that he has not been communicating via any of the PPM leadership groups or other political groups.
Turning around the accusation, they then alleged that the Raajje.mv article was published for the purpose of inciting hate against the Former President and categorically condemned such a move.
Concluding their statement, Yameen’s lawyers issued a warning to all entities spreading false news and hatred towards PPM’s leader, stating that they would not hesitate to pursue legal action.