Police arrest terror suspect released by Supreme Court

One of the people arrested over the terror attack against Former President and Current Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed on May 6, 2021 | Photo: Mihaaru

Malé, Maldives – Maldives Police has arrested Mafthooh Saeed, GA. Kolamaafushi, released by the Supreme Court on June 30, under charges of possession of materials for an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) with intent to harm.

Mafthooh was arrested with a court order on July 1 and has been remanded for 14 days in custody. The suspect is accused of promoting extremism, possession of content to make explosives and intent to use explosives to harm others or property.

Police say that in searching the suspect’s residence, a document in English was found, which contains phrases such as,

When their blood is shed, their sins will be wiped clean.

The Supreme Court on June 30, overturned the High Court decision and released Mafthooh who was arrested in a police operation carried out in Addu City following the terror attack against the former President and Current Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed on May 6.

The Prosecutor General’s office filed an appeal against Criminal Court’s judgement to release 5 suspects arrested from Addu City in a counter-terrorism operation on 1 June 2021 at the High Court. The High Court after hearings overruled the sentence by Criminal Court and remanded the suspects to additional 15 days.

After Mafthooh appealed the High Court verdict at the Supreme Court, the higher court passed the verdict to release him. However, police can request an order to detain him by submitting intelligence reports and other evidence to the court again.

The people arrested in the counter-terrorism operation in Addu City are Iuthisam Mogamed Saeed (Gamaree, GDh. Madaveli), Hassan Shihan Ibrahim (Khakige, S. Hithadhoo), Abdulla Haisham (Saeedamanzil, S. Meedhoo) and Mohamed Thasleem (Alanaasi, HA. Hoarafushi) in addition to Mafthooh Saeed (GA. Kolamaafushi).