An Interesting Case from the Maldives

As reported in the Sun Online

Remand of man who spitted on Quran book extended by 15 days 

By Naizak Mohamed

Nov 24, 2021 14:26

Hassan Ziyad, 40, M. Shady Home, Male’ City, who spitted on a holy Quran book after being released from custody for urinating inside two mosques and in front of the President’s Office.

The remanded period of Hassan Ziyadh, M. Shady Home, who had spitted on a holy Quran book inside Ibrahim Mosque on October 7, has been extended once again.

A media official from Maldives Police Service said that his remand was extended by an additional 15 days on Tuesday.

A worshipper who was inside Ibrahim Mosque at the time of the incident told Sun that Ziyadh had gone inside the mosque at the time Asr prayer had concluded that day, and spitted on a Quran book that kept on a Rehal (Quran stand).

The worshipper further detailed that Ziyadh had tried to flee the mosque after committing the act, however, was stopped by the worshippers inside the mosque at the time and subsequently handed over to the Police.

Following this, Ziyadh was remanded for a period of 10 days. After the expiration of this period, his remand was extended by an additional five days. And, following the expiration of this period, his remand has now been extended by an additional 15 days.

On October 3, Ziyadh also urinated inside the Masjid al-Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu al- Auzam (Islamic Center) in Male’ City during Magrib prayer on October 3. On the same day – he also urinated inside the Friday Mosque and in front of the President’s Office.

He was arrested by the Police on October 4 – and was remanded in custody for 10 days by the Criminal Court on October 13. Following the conclusion of the investigation into the urinating incidents – Ziyad was released from custody on October 25.

Police said that they requested the Prosecutor General’s Office to file charges against Ziyad on October 24.

Although the Police have previously stated that Ziyadh suffers from a mental illness, Gender Ministry has stated that they observed no mental illness from him during their investigation.  Therefore, they said that the case was forwarded to the Police and National Drug Agency.

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