"This is the day none of us wanted to see," a friend of mine, a strong MDP supporter, told me last night over the phone a short while after former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was taken to Police Headquarters.
"But I thought this is the day you have always looked forward to," I retorted. He used to talk frequently about bringing Gayoom to justice and how everyone must be equal before the law.
"Yes, I still want Gayoom to be held accountable. But I think what happened tonight isn't the way to do it, at least not the best way," he replied. "The simple question they asked him could have been asked without taking him there."
"It could have been," I admitted. "But what about equality before the law? Everyone else is taken to the police for such questioning."
"Equality is paramount," he replied. "But what about Article 128 of the Constitution, which gives special protection to him as ex-president?"