Nephew of Maldives president arrested
Opposition parties aligned against Yameen issued a joint statement condemning the arrests. (Image source: President's office) Photograph: (Others)
Maldives President Abdulla Yameen's nephew has been arrested amid a power struggle in the troubled honeymoon islands, AFP reported.
Faris Maumoon was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly bribing politicians to challenge the ruling regime, according to AFP.
Maumoon is the son of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who was the Maldives president for 30 years.
“Arresting anybody without sufficient evidence of wrong doing is a grave injustice,” Gayoom wrote on Twitter.
“All dictatorships are doomed to fail. That is the lesson of history!” he further wrote.
The passport of another key opposition figure Qasim Ibrahim, a former ally of strongman Yameen, was also seized by authorities.
Ibrahim had helped Yameen win a controversial 2013 run-off election against Mohamed Nasheed, the head of the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).
But after a fallout, Ibrahim joined the growing ranks unifying behind Nasheed and the MDP to topple Yameen.
All dictatorships are doomed to fail. That is the lesson of history!— Maumoon Abdul Gayoom (@maumoonagayoom) July 18, 2017
The manipulation of the justice system for achieving political ends is a crime against democracy. It must stop! #FreeFarisNow!— Maumoon Abdul Gayoom (@maumoonagayoom) July 19, 2017
The latest arrests come a week before parliament is due to vote on the impeachment proceedings.
"The opposition fears the imminent arrest of more members of parliament who signed the impeachment motion," the opposition said in its statement.
(With AFP inputs)