But rest easy, friends: the ever-vigilant Islamic guardians of the Maldives Customs Service are on the case. Islamic Tolerance Alert: “Customs, Police investigating attempt to import Bible,” from Haveeru, November 23 (thanks to Michael):
The Maldives Customs Service and the Maldives Police Service are investigating the case of a Maldivian who had tried to import a bible into the country.
Musthafa Luthufee, a Customs Media Official, said that a Maldivian who had arrived on a flight on Friday afternoon had brought a bible with him. The official also said that the bible was in the English language but that the man had not been arrested.
“If it is an item forbidden entry into the country then we will confiscated it,” the official said. “However, we do not have the authority to arrest anyone even if they attempt to import the item into the country. We have to report the incident to the Police. Still, we are also investigating the incident.”
A Police official said that they had received the report of a Maldivian who had tried to import a bible into the country and that they were investigating the case. Police also said that they had not arrested anyone in connection to the incident. Neither the Police nor the Customs would reveal the identity of the person or from which country he had arrived in Maldives from….