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The Minister of Defense Ameen Faisal on Trial

On Monday, Minister of Defense and National Security, Ameen Faisal appeared at criminal court, changed with unlawful assembly. He was arrested in August 2006 after supposedly disrupting police who were under instructions to end a rally organized by the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).

Faisal Said he was not “worried or concerned” to be in court. The defense minister said he did not feel his case was politically motivated in anyway. State Lawyer Aishath Fazna Ahmed said the prosecution had sufficient evidence and several witness statements to convict Faisal. If Faisal is found guilty, he will be jailed between one and four years, banished for two to eight years or receive a fine of not more than US$311.

State Minister of Defense and National Security, Abdullah Shahid's (terrorist of the November 3rd terrorist act) brother Hussain Shahid appeared alongside Faisal in court on the same charges.

Ameen Faisal was a soldier in the defense force in November 1988 and was discharged from the service immediately after the terrorist incident. There was no changes pressed or convicted sought in relation to his suspected connection with the terrorist incident. Right after his statements he was simply discharged from the service.

Another imprudent senior official of the government appointed by the president which cannot be justified in anyway.

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