Maldives Police Service (MPS) has entered the residence of former President Abdulla Yameen and removed the banner displayed on the residence, calling for the removal of Indian military personel in the country.
The officers had entered the former President’s residence. This is the second search carried out on Thursday – the first one being the search on opposition Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) headquarters.
The court order said that banners were confiscated as evidence of an ongoing investigation. It had quoted clause 615 (a) (6) of the Penal Code, Police said that the sentiments of those banners "creates a hazardous, physically offensive, or seriously alarming condition by an act that serves no legitimate purpose" and therefore, the banners have to be removed.
The search came a day after MPS dispatched a notice to H. Hurafa, the official address PPM, stating that the banner hung on the residence needs to be removed. The notice further said that any sentiments, displays, or depictions denigrating another country, damaging bilateral relations between other nations and the Maldives, and harming Maldivians living abroad cannot be allowed.
The search warrant was signed by Criminal Court Judge Mohamed Misbah. MPS officers had entered the residence and removed the banner.
President Yameen had left his residence mere minutes after MPS officers had entered his residence.