Criminal Court today has ordered the release of former Head of Police Intelligence Department Mohamed Hameed from Police custody.
The order of Hameed’s release came after he was taken to re-extend the detention period. Criminal Court had earlier extended his detention for five days shortly after his arrest last Thursday.
After the Criminal Court’s order was appealed, High Court today had upheld the lower court order.
Hameed’s attorney Abdulla Shaairu said that the Court had ordered his client’s release as the Court saw no grounds for further detention. When Hameeed was brought to the court today, large numbers of people had been gathered near the court house including former President Mohamed Nasheed.
Upon his release, Nasheed had greeted Hameed who left shortly afterwards.
The Criminal court order last Thursday indicated that Hameed had been the source for the information mentioned in the report of the events leading up to the transfer of power on February 7 published by two prominent members of opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP). Former National Security Advisor Ameen Faisal and former Housing Minister Mohamed Aslam had previously stated that police intelligence information had been included in their report.
In addition, Criminal Court detailed that witness intimidation and destroying of evidence in the case was a real possibility if Hameed was not detained as it is believed that others were involved in the alleged offence.