Suspect arrested for breaking into Chief Justice’s residence

The Chief Justice of Maldives Ahmed Muthasim Adnan | Photo: PSM

Malé, Maldives – The Police today arrested a 45 year old Maldivian man under suspicion of breaking into the residence of the Maldives Chief Justice.

Local news Avas reports that the man has been remanded to 7 days in custody by the court.

Speaking at the Maldives Parliament today, the Minister of Home Affairs Imran Abdulla stated that the man in question is linked to drug investigations. The government stated yesterday that the temporary official residence of the Chief Justice will be complete within two weeks.

Both the ruling political party MDP and opposition PPM have raised alarms following the break in.

On Sunday, Parliamentarians have raised concerns over the lack of security measures implemented post ratification of the sixth amendment to the Judges Act of Maldives (Act no: 13/2010).

The amendments to the act were brought on after the May 6 terror attack targeting the Speaker of the Parliament and former President Mohamed Nasheed. The amendment stipulates several improvements to the security and safety of the Chief Justice, including around-the-clock security services from the Maldives National Defense Force(MNDF).