People's Majlis

Opposition MPs call for Yameen's release during parliament sitting

  • PPM/PNC coalition MP's disrupted the parliament session on Monday
  • They called for the immediate release of former President Yameen
  • They also called for the release of "political prisoners".

K. Male' 2019 Dec 02 | Mon 15:58 local 2,575

Posters held by MP's calling for the release of Former president Yameen - Raajjemv

MPs of the opposition coalition protested during Tuesday's parliament sitting, calling for the release of jailed former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

Lawmakers representing the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and People's National Congress (PNC) disrupted the sitting after recess at around 11:00 am, calling for the immediate release of former President Yameen. They also called for the release of "political prisoners".

As the MPs demonstrated in front of the administrative desk at the front of the parliament while holding posters picturing the former president, the Speaker of the parliament allowed the protesting MPs to participate in the debate.

Likewise, the speaker requested the rest of the lawmakers to ignore the protesting MP's and carry on with the parliament's agenda.

Opposition MP's protesting during Monday's parliament session

Yameen was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday, as well a fine of USD five million, after being found guilty of laundering USD one million through the state-owned Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) via a private company SoF, during his presidency.

He is currently incarcerated at the Special Protection Unit in Maafushi Prison.

The opposition coalition has been holding rallies to protest Yameen's incarceration since Thursday.

Last updated at: 4 months ago | Reviewed by: Aishath Shaany

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