Criminal Court remands Ameen to 30 days in custody

Mohamed Ameen | Photo: Maafushi Prison

Malé, Maldives – The Criminal Court of Maldives today remanded Mohamed Ameen, charged under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (No. 32/2015) to remand in custody for 30 days.

Criminal Court made this ruling after the Supreme Court overturned the High Court decision to dismiss all charges and free Ameen.

The state has charged Ameen on counts of joining a terrorist organization and planning terror acts under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (No. 32/2015).

While Ameen’s defence states that the defendant qualifies for trial with house arrest, the Criminal Court decided that he poses a threat to society.

Ameen was arrested in October 2019 over allegations of spreading radical extremist ideologies and recruiting and dispatching fighters to other countries.

According to the OFAC bio, Ameen has assisted, sponsored, provided financial, material, and technological support for goods and services in support of ISIS-Khorasan (ISIS-K) as observed from April 2019.