The decision of the Supreme Court of the Maldives to annul the criminal proceedings against leading politicians and admit unfair trials against them is a positive step towards restoring the democratic principles in the country.

The decision orders the immediate release of the accused and also opens the way for a return to the normal functioning of the Parliament, which is a fundamental pillar of democracy.

We expect the authorities of the Maldives to abide by the ruling and for the government to engage in an inclusive dialogue with the leaders of all political parties that should pave the way for credible, transparent and inclusive elections.

At this time, it is vital that all in the country, including those responsible for law enforcement, act with restraint to ensure the stability of the country and security of the population.

Source- Statement by the Spokesperson on the decision of the Supreme Court of the Maldives