Maldives investigates activist group for "slandering Islam"



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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The head of a Maldivian activist group says that police have contacted to investigate a report published by her organization that is purported to have slandered Islam.

The Maldives government ordered the Maldivian Democracy Network to suspend its activities a week ago over a 2016 report on religious radicalization in the Indian Ocean archipelago state.

The group's executive director Shahinda Ismail said Thursday that the report that has been on the group's website for three years.

The government spokesman was not available to comment Thursday evening.

The government said last week that there is widespread public condemnation of the report.

Maldives is a Sunni Muslim nation where practicing and preaching other faiths are banned by the constitution.

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