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Controller Shamaan: Immigration Law Will Be Enforced Without Discrimination

The Controller General of Immigration, Mohamed Shamaan Waheed, has affirmed that the immigration law will be enforced without any discrimination. In a recent post on the social media platform X, Shamaan emphasized the impartiality embedded in the Immigration Act, which outlines procedures for individuals wishing to leave or enter the Maldives, as well as for foreigners residing in the country.
Shamaan stated, "The Immigration Act clearly lays down the procedure to be followed against those who wish to leave the Maldives, enter the country, and foreigners in the Maldives, and no one will be discriminated against in its implementation."
These comments come amidst ongoing legal disputes involving Shamaan's team and concerns regarding immigration bans on deported foreigners re-entering the Maldives.
The controversy centers around a foreign individual who was previously married to a Maldivian and is currently barred from entering the country. According to Dhiyares, this individual, who faces multiple criminal charges, was deported on May 4.
Shamaan’s reiteration of the commitment to non-discriminatory enforcement aims to address these legal complaints and reinforce the administration’s dedication to upholding the principles of fairness and justice as prescribed by the Immigration Act.
As the debate continues, the Controller General’s stance highlights the importance of transparency and adherence to legal protocols in the handling of immigration matters in the Maldives.