Syria-returnee terror suspect released in the Maldives

Maldivian authorities informed on Monday that they had released a suspected Maldivian insurgent who had returned from Syria in October last year, Rajje TV reported

Jan 19, 2021
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Maldivian authorities informed on Monday that they had released a suspected Maldivian insurgent who had returned from Syria in October last year, Rajje TV reported. The man was released after a court-monitored assessment.

The 34-year-old man who was on the police list of suspected Local Foreign Terrorists Fighters had been arrested on 15 October upon his arrival in the archipelago. The person was kept under detention at a centre at K Himmafushi. The centre was established for such returnees to assess if they took part in an act of terrorism or training.

Police informed media that the release came on 2 December last year after the completion of a court-monitored assessment. The police, however, added they would keep an eye on his movement.

Data of the Maldivian police suggested that around 173 Maldivians had gone to Syria to take part in the conflict. Many of them have now been requesting to return. Most are the widows and children of the people who have killed in the conflict.

The government had made amendments to the Anti Terrorism Law to rehabilitate terror returnees. The first-ever specialized centre at Himmafushi was also set up for the same purpose.

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