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Judge Didi responds to JSC's accusations

Mariyam Malsa
29 June 2019, MVT 13:04
Supreme Court Judge Abdulla Didi at his public trial. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/ MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
29 June 2019, MVT 13:04

Supreme Court Judge Abdulla Didi, on Thursday, formally replied to the accusations made by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) concerning the ongoing disciplinary case against him.

Apart from stating that the suspended judge had sent a written reply, JSC did not reveal any further details.

The judiciary watchdog granted Judge Didi a five-day period to submit a written response when he requested additional time to respond to accusations lodged during the public trial held on June 20. The period closed on Thursday.

According to the Police, Judge Didi took undue advantages and accepted money from 'Suspect One', an individual charged over the graft scandal of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC).

Police affirmed that testimonials and cellular text messages on Suspect One's phone established Judge Didi's involvement.

It was further revealed that the apex court judge communicated with a criminal in order to secure the release of a suspect detained in relation to the enforced disappearance of journalist Ahmed Rilwan.

Judge Didi allegedly ruled against detaining the suspect, Mohamed Suwaid and released him during his tenure at the Criminal Office.

Phone logs also exposed communications where Judge Didi requested Suspect One to aid in securing employment for his wife Ghaniya Abdul Ghafoor at the Malaysian Embassy.

Judge Didi denied partaking in any transactions of bribery or committing criminal offences.

JSC decided to suspend Judge Didi regarding the ongoing investigations on June 12. Despite the Supreme Court's stay order on the matter, JSC has maintained that the suspension would remain in effect.