K. Male' | Aishath Shaany | 26-November-2017 | Sunday 11:13 | Shaaknee | Local | 1,372
As his son marks over 130 days in police custody, former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has stated that detaining an innocent "is an injustice".
In a tweet sent out in Dhivehi on Sunday, the man who ruled the nation for 30 years noted three "injustices"- detaining an innocent, influencing trials and embezzling from state funds, the latter is directed towards the mass corruption allegations against his half-brother's administration.
Kusheh nethi meehun hayyaru kurumakee aniyaa eh. Shareeathah baaru foaruvunakee aniyaa eh. Dhaulathuge faisaa in vakkan kurumakee aniyaa eh.— Maumoon Abdul Gayoom (@maumoonagayoom) November 26, 2017
Maumoon's son, Dhiggaru constituency MP Ahmed Faris Maumoon has been in detention since July, after being arrested on bribery allegations. Criminal Court had ruled to keep him in custody for the remainder of the investigation and trial. He has since been charged with bribery and identity theft. The parliamentarian denies both charges.
The former president claims that Faris was arrested 'against the Constitution' and that the charges against him are 'baseless'.
Faris is the nephew of incumbent President Abdulla Yameen, whose government has been facing various allegations, including mass corruption.
Noting that a number of senior government officials are accused of corruption, Maumoon had previously criticized the authorities for 'investigating certain issues while ignoring others'.
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