Two arrested in attack on MP Zareer

Mathiveri MP Hassan Zareer. (Photo/People's Majlis)

Police have confirmed the arrest of two suspects in connection to the attack on Mathiveri MP Hassan Zareer last week.

A police spokesperson said the arrests were made under court order on Thursday.

The suspects were identified as a 21-year-old Maldivian male and a 22-year-old Maldivian male.

The Criminal Court has remanded them into the custody of the police for 15 days.

Zareer had been at the Habibi Café’ and Bistro in Galolhu district of Male’ City when he was attacked by a group of five men.

The incident took place at around 03:30 am May 1.

Zareer sustained head injuries in the attack and was hospitalized at the ADK Hospital.

Police said the suspects used a “dangerous weapon” in the attack.

The attack was condemned by the main ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), which called on the police to ensure justice is served “as soon as possible”.

The motive behind the attack remains unclear.