The Criminal Court has sent a 20-year-old opposition activist to five-day custody for allegedly biting a police officer during a recent demonstration.

The court based its ruling on the testimonies of two police officers, who claimed that the suspect identified as Aishath Nuha Ibrahim had bitten the hand of one of the officers when they attempted to apprehend her at a demonstration organised by the opposition Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) on Saturday evening. The court granted the remand citing community safety and security concerns.

The PPM has been holding nightly protests calling for the release of the party leader, former President, Abdulla Yameen, who is currently serving an 11-year prison sentence for various corruption convictions.

Nuha, who is a regular at opposition protests, has been detained multiple times during various demonstrations.