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DJA takes Suood's statement over prickly top court comments

Fathmath Shaahunaz
24 April 2019, MVT 21:05
Former AG Husnu al-Suood (L) accompanied by his lawyer Noor al-Salaam Abubakr, exit the Department of Judicial Administration. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
24 April 2019, MVT 21:05

Department of Judicial Administration (DJA) on Wednesday summoned and took the statement of former Attorney General Husnu al-Suood, over his recent comments regarding the Supreme Court.

While speaking on television programme broadcast by local channel Raajje TV late Monday, Suood claimed that the judges of Supreme Court are not trustworthy, and stated that they must be removed from their posts. Following his controversial remarks, the Supreme Court announced the decision to investigate Suood in order to protect the reputation of the court.

Speaking to local media Mihaaru after leaving DJA, Suood revealed that he was interrogated by senior officials of the administration and top court.

Sharing that they had inquired into his objective for making such comments about the Supreme Court, Suood said, "I told them I didn't have a motive. I simply exercised my right to freedom of speech. Those comments were my own personal opinion".

Adding that he was not at a level where he could alter the judiciary, Suood stated that he had expressed his views as he believed that such changes were required to restore public trust in the Supreme Court.

The prominent lawyer, who is currently heading the presidential Commission on Investigation of Murders and Enforced Disappearances, has a history of suspensions over various issues.