The Attorney General’s Office has drafted a revision to the Counter-Terrorism Act to allow terror suspects to be held up to 48 hours in police custody without a court warrant.
The Attorney General’s Office announced that it has proposed a bill to revise the Counter-Terrorism Act to the President’s Office. The key revision is to extend the maximum custody limit of terror suspects without a court warrant from 24 hours to 48 hours, and permit enter and search of locations where terror suspects are arrested without a court warrant.
Moreover, the bill also includes amendments to the procedures in dealing with religious fanatics who return from war or conflicts abroad.
The bill will facilitate immediate investigations on susoects engaged in acts of terrorism, and to treat at risk of exposure or exposed to acts of terrorism, enabling further measures to protect the community and facilitate rehabilitation for those who need it. Rehabilitation will be provided to individuals subject to monitor and control order, terror suspects remanded in custody for investigation, terror convicts serving their sentence, militants who return to Maldives and their family until they are reintegrated into the community in a safe and secure way.
The new revision comes in the wake of a terror attack targeting Parliament Speaker, Mohamed Nasheed on May 6th. Maldives Police Service along with MNDF has been conducting special anti-terrorism operations across the nation.