Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives H. E. Ms Dunya Maumoon

Issued By 

24 February 2015, Male' ; I am disappointed by the statements issued by some foreign governments and international organizations, including the Commonwealth and UN. Those who prefer to issue public statements about an on-going legal case, or on a domestic political situation, are advised to do a basic fact-check, before bandwagoning on to accusations made by a political party. Former President Mr Mohamed Nasheed was taken into Police custody on 22 February under a Court warrant. As per the normal legal procedure, he was presented before a judge within 24 hours, and the judge gave Mr Nasheed the opportunity to appoint a legal counsel. Throughout the process, the Maldives Police followed the standard procedure and due process.

The Government will uphold the Constitution of the country, protect the rights of every individual, including those accused of serious criminal offences, and will implement to the letter, the decisions and verdicts of the Courts. The Government of President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom will not take instructions from a foreign government on any issue in governing the country. The Government is elected by, and answerable to, the people of Maldives. I wish to call upon our international partners to recognise the defining principle of the international system, which is to refrain from acts and signals that could undermine the sovereignty of independent States.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of the Maldives

Website: www.foreign.gov.mv

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