Charge filed against man who threatened to bomb Indian embassy

Indian High Commission in Male’ City. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Prosecutor General’s Office has filed charges against a man who threatened to bomb the Indian High Commission in Male’ City. 

Mohamed Imad, 42, Ma. Restinghouse, K. Male’, had made the threat via social media platform Twitter on June 30. In addition to threatening to bomb the Indian High Commission, he also threatened to stage a demonstration in front of the Chinese Embassy in Male’. 

He was arrested on July 3. 

The Prosecutor General’s Office filed the charge of threatening to carry out an act of terrorism under Article 13 (c) of the Counter-Terrorism Act with reference to Article 13 (a), Article 4 (b) (2), (4), and (6) with the Criminal Court this Thursday. 

He faces 4-6 years in prison if convicted of the crime. 

The threat had prompted Maldivian authorities to increase security at the Indian High Commission, the Chinese Embassy, as well as the Maldivian Foreign Ministry. 

Imad was a member of ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), which decided to expel him from the party after the case came to light.