The European Parliament has passed a resolution calling for the EU to impose asset freezes and travel bans on members of the Maldivian government and their leading supporters in the Maldivian business community. The resolution expresses “deep concern about the gradual deterioration of the democratic standards and increasingly authoritarian tendencies in the Maldives”, and calls for “the Maldives government to release, immediately and unconditionally, former President Mohamed Nasheed, former Vice-President Ahmed Adeeb, and former defence ministers Tholhath Ibrahim and Mohamed Nazim, together with Sheikh Imran Abdulla and other political prisoners”.
The European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for the release of former President Nasheed in April, and in October the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention ruled that Nasheed’s detention was unlawful and called for his immediate release. The Maldivian parliament has passed legislation making it a treasonable offence to call for the imposition of sanctions and associated penalties against the Government of the Maldives and its members.
Michael was called to the Bar in 1992 and prior to joining Peters & Peters was a senior specialist prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service Headquarters (CPS). He was a key member of a small specialist unit responsible for the prosecution of serious and high-profile fraud, terrorist,...See profile for Michael O'Kane >