A man who commented on a Facebook live stream of a parliamentary sitting in May threatening to bomb the Parliament has been arrested by the Maldives Police Service.
Police confirmed today that they have investigated and arrested a 28-year-old Maldivian male concerning the threat.
A Facebook user commented on the Parliament’s live stream that the Parliament needed to be bombed. Moreover, he accused Members of Parliament of stealing from the public, and a place which houses such vile people should cease to exist. The comment was reported to the Maldives Police Service.
Since inciting terrorism on social media was criminalized as part of an amendment to the Counter-Terrorism Act in 2019, Police have warned that they will take threats or attempts to any act of terrorism seriously, and will take all necessary action to avert danger and ensure the protection of the people.
Maldives Police Service and MNDF have been conducting special anti-terrorism operations across the nation in the wake of the terror attack on Speaker Mohamed Nasheed last month. Securities have been tightened to anticipate any further attack.