A 49 year old local man arrested on Tuesday for allegedly spreading extremist ideologies has been remanded for 15 days.
A spokesperson from Maldives Police Service confirmed that the individual has been remanded in custody for 15 days when presented before the court for his remand hearing on Wednesday.
Maldives Police Service believes the suspect is one of the most influential leaders in spreading extremist ideologies in the Maldives and has been integral in recruiting vulnerable individuals to the cause.
Local media has reported the suspect as Abdulla Ali Manik (Bahaaruge, HA. Molhadhoo), who was previously imprisoned in connection to the extremist violence in HA. Himandhoo in 2007.
Abdulla Ali Manik was among the group of separatists who procreated extremist religious ideologies in Himandhoo, and faced off with the security forces armed with wooden bats, sharpened metal rods and machetes. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2008, however he has escaped from prison while serving his sentence. He has since then completed his sentence and was released in 2018.
Abdulla Ali Manik’s arrest comes in the wake of the May 6th Terror Attack targeting Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed. Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) and Maldives Police Service has been conducting special operations across the nation. Further, seven individuals were also arrested in Addu City earlier this week.