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Parliament passes to sack Thinadhoo magistrate

Fathmath Shaahunaz
26 June 2019, MVT 16:44
Parliament on June 26, 2019, passed to sack Thinadhoo Court's magistrate Ibrahim Rasheed.
Fathmath Shaahunaz
26 June 2019, MVT 16:44

Parliament on Wednesday passed to dismiss Ibrahim Rasheed, the magistrate of Thinadhoo, Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, over disciplinary issues.

Judicial Service Commission (JSC) decided to sack Rasheed after a private complaint was filed against the magistrate, accusing him of verbally harassing a woman and falsely accusing her of adultery.

The commission filed the motion at the parliament last Monday and it was forwarded to the parliamentary Judiciary Committee for review on Tuesday, which decided in favour of his termination.

This marks the first dismissal of a judge via a parliament vote. All 70 lawmakers present at the sitting voted unanimously to dismiss him.

JSC noted in its ruling that while Rasheed had denied the accusations, the commission referred to judicial measures to reach a decision on the issue. The commission's investigation report highlighted that two witnesses had testified against Rasheed, further stating that the discipline of judges must conform to certain boundaries.

The majority of MPs who debated on the issue Wednesday asserted that Rasheed did not meet the criteria required of judges.

The former magistrate was previously arrested on May 28, 2016, in relation to a drug issue, for which JSC had suspended him.

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