Moosa Anwar, a former associate of Maldives' ex-Vice President Ahmed Adheeb, was granted political asylum in the UK in February 2018. Since then, Anwar has claimed that there is a legitimate threat to his life if he returns to the Maldives, stating that he could face imprisonment and persecution by the state.
Recently, however, Anwar met with Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih in London, during Solih's visit for King Charles' coronation. The meeting has raised questions about the validity of Anwar's claims, as he not only met with the President but also officially joined Solih's party, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), and pledged his support for Solih in the upcoming presidential elections.
Critics argue that Anwar's meeting with President Solih and his decision to join the MDP suggest that he no longer faces any danger from the Maldivian state, calling into question the legitimacy of his asylum status in the UK. Despite these recent developments, Anwar remains in the UK and has applied for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).
The case has drawn attention to the complexities of British immigration laws and the asylum process. Individuals granted asylum are typically eligible to apply for ILR after five years of continuous residence in the UK. After obtaining ILR, they can apply for British citizenship, provided they meet certain requirements, including good character, knowledge of English, and passing the "Life in the UK Test."
As Anwar's actions come under scrutiny, questions are being raised over whether he is genuinely in need of protection or if he is using the UK's asylum laws to secure permanent residency and, eventually, British citizenship. The UK Home Office has not commented on the case, but it is likely that Anwar's application for ILR will be carefully reviewed in light of the recent events.
With public debate surrounding the case, the legitimacy of Anwar's claims and the integrity of the UK's asylum system are under the spotlight. It remains to be seen how British authorities will handle this controversial case as it unfolds.