Maldivian claims he does not speak Dhivehi; court looks for a translator

Criminal Court. (File Photo/Sun/Fayaz Moosa)

The Criminal Court is looking for a translator, after a Maldivian man arrested in an intimidation case claimed he does not speak Dhivehi, the native Maldivian language.

Hassan Ajuan, 39, M. Fenvina, K. Male’, was arrested in a case involving intimidation and destruction of property.

He was presented before the Criminal Court on Monday.

The court ordered him to be held in police custody for 24 hours.

Court documents show that at the hearing, Ajuan told the judge that he does not speak Dhivehi language.

The court therefore allowed him time to have a translator appointed.

The court documents also show he has a record for prior arrests and detainment.