Maldives Climate Minister arrested for alleged ‘Black Magic’ on President Muizzu

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Published June 27, 2024 at 10:43pm

    Climate minister Shamnaz remanded in custody for a week

    She was arrested on allegations of performing black magic

    This can result in a six-month jail sentence for Shamnaz

The Maldives Police announced on Thursday that Fathimath Shamnaz Ali Saleem, the State Minister for Environment, Climate Change, and Energy, along with two others, was arrested on Sunday in the capital city of Male. Shamnaz has been remanded in custody for a week pending further investigation.

Local media outlet, The Sun, reported that Shamnaz was arrested on allegations of performing black magic on President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu. The police, however, have neither confirmed nor denied these claims.

Also read: There will be no Indian troops in Maldives come May 10th: President Mohamed Muizzu 

Shamnaz holds a crucial position in a country that is at the forefront of the global climate crisis. UN environmental experts have warned that rising sea levels could render the Maldives virtually uninhabitable by the end of the century.

While sorcery is not explicitly a criminal offense under the penal code of the Muslim-majority Maldives, it can result in a six-month jail sentence under Islamic law. Traditional ceremonies, believed to bring favors or curse opponents, are widely practiced across the archipelago.

In April 2023, a 62-year-old woman was stabbed to death by three neighbors on Manadhoo Island after being accused of conducting black magic ceremonies. The Mihaaru news site reported that police found no evidence to support the accusation.

This highlights the deep-rooted belief in sorcery within Maldivian society.

The arrest of Shamnaz underscores the tension between traditional practices and modern governance in the Maldives.

Maldives Climate Minister arrested for alleged ‘Black Magic’ on President Muizzu

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    Climate minister Shamnaz remanded in custody for a week

    She was arrested on allegations of performing black magic

    This can result in a six-month jail sentence for Shamnaz

The Maldives Police announced on Thursday that Fathimath Shamnaz Ali Saleem, the State Minister for Environment, Climate Change, and Energy, along with two others, was arrested on Sunday in the capital city of Male. Shamnaz has been remanded in custody for a week pending further investigation.

Local media outlet, The Sun, reported that Shamnaz was arrested on allegations of performing black magic on President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu. The police, however, have neither confirmed nor denied these claims.

Also read: There will be no Indian troops in Maldives come May 10th: President Mohamed Muizzu 

Shamnaz holds a crucial position in a country that is at the forefront of the global climate crisis. UN environmental experts have warned that rising sea levels could render the Maldives virtually uninhabitable by the end of the century.

While sorcery is not explicitly a criminal offense under the penal code of the Muslim-majority Maldives, it can result in a six-month jail sentence under Islamic law. Traditional ceremonies, believed to bring favors or curse opponents, are widely practiced across the archipelago.

In April 2023, a 62-year-old woman was stabbed to death by three neighbors on Manadhoo Island after being accused of conducting black magic ceremonies. The Mihaaru news site reported that police found no evidence to support the accusation.

This highlights the deep-rooted belief in sorcery within Maldivian society.

The arrest of Shamnaz underscores the tension between traditional practices and modern governance in the Maldives.

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