16 July 2015, Male’,
Today marks a new dawn in the national history of the Maldives. The coming in to force of the new Penal Code today, indeed is a momentous milestone that will carve its own place in the criminal justice system of the country.
I am extremely proud that with this significant move, the Maldives becomes the first Islamic country to bring into place a penal system that is in line with the principles enshrined in both Islamic Shari’ah and the Common Law.
With its comprehensive compendium of penal laws of the country, the Code illustrates the Government’s conviction to protect and promote human rights, eradicate discrimination and widen the sphere of economic, political and civil rights to Maldivians. It is also reflective of our strong commitment to consolidate democracy and reinforce a just society that is steered towards new horizons.
It gives me a great honour to extend warm congratulations to His Excellency President Yameen Abdul Gayoom for enacting this important piece of legislation during his tenure and for his conviction in our nation as a strong and independent State. It is also my privilege to extend deepest appreciation to former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom for commissioning the draft Bill in 2006 and for his extraordinary vision for a strong democratic society.
The Maldives will not rest on its laurels and will continue to move forward. Maldivians remain proud of their national story and we stand together to script new chapters in the story that reads; The Maldives.