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Adhaalat party condemns President Nasheed’s comments on death penalty
Adhaalat (Justice) Party (AP) has condemned President Mohamed Nasheed’s views and comments on death penalty. In this weeks Radio address, President Nasheed said that the rational way would be to not include death sentence and amputation in the revised penal code of Maldives.
AP, which is part of the ruling coalition government lead by MDP, denounced and criticized President Nasheed at the party meeting held in Dharubaaruge on Sunday night. This would be the first time that AP has directly criticized the government, especially President Nasheed since they formed coalition with MDP.
Most AP members who spoke said that punishments such as death penalty and amputation have been clearly written in the Islamic Shariah and there is absolutely no room for anyone to criticize or give their personal opinion on the matter. They further said that Islamic Shariah was sent by Allah and that neither the president nor the People’s Majlis shall have the power to change the holy shariah.
“The governing structure or system should be based on Islamic principles and Shariah. In such a government, all the power is not concentrated in the hands of the leader or the People’s Majlis. These bodies do not have the choice to make laws that are against the Shariah and impose it on the people.” Said the Minister of Islamic Affairs Dr Abdul Majeed Abdul Baaree.
Further, Minister of State for Islamic Affairs Sheikh Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed, who is also the spokesperson of AP, said that they will not shy away from taking an action to defend Islamic religion and for the sake of respecting Islamic Shariah.
Shaheem called upon the People’s Majlis to not vote against death penalty even if some people were talk in favor of it.
The most vocal criticizer at the party meeting was the legal expert of the AP, Asadullah Shaafi-ee. Asadullah condemned the government in harsh words because of government’s unresponsiveness to some civil organizations protests about the proposal of giving alcohol permit to Holiday Inn.
President of AP Sheikh Hussein Rasheed Ahmed spoke on the same lines. He said, “Whether or not President Nasheed likes or dislikes it, death penalty is in Islamic Shariah. If President Nasheed does not accept it, it is the duty of the public to remove him from his duties as the President of the country.”
Sheikh Rasheed said that the party is trying to reform several aspects of the government. He also spoke about governments proposed strengthening and opening of diplomatic ties with Israel. While he accepted that it was a political issue he stressed that it has a religious aspect as well. He added that AP was very disappointed that the government made a decision on this matter without discussing it with AP. According to Sheikh Rasheed, it was agreed between MDP and AP that MDP would do as AP says in religious matters.