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JSC approves President Solih's nominations for top court bench

Mariyam Malsa
17 September 2019, MVT 12:26
Drug Court Judge Mahaz Ali who was nominated for the Supreme Court bench. PHOTO: SOCIAL MEDIA
Mariyam Malsa
17 September 2019, MVT 12:26

Judicial Service Commission (JSC) approved President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's nominations for the Supreme Court bench to be forwarded to the parliament.

JSC designated the two individuals, Drug Court Judge Mahaz Ali and former Attorney General Fathimath Dhiyana Saeed, as 'highly recommended'.

The judicial watchdog declared that High Court Judges Ali Sameer, Mohamed Niyaz, Shuaib Hussain Zakariyya and Abdulla Hameed were 'recommended'. The four individuals submitted their applications for the position in August.

High Court Judge Hassan Ali and Deputy Prosecutor General Mariyam Nihayath also applied for the position. As per regulations, President Solih will also forward these names to the parliament.

However, Judge Hassan Ali was suspended on Monday over the case of missing journalist Rilwan Ahmed following his application.

Article 148 of the Constitution authorises the president to appoint judges to the Supreme Court after consulting JSC and securing a majority vote in parliament.

The nominations are to fill the vacant slot left by the recently dismissed Judge Abdulla Didi.

A new amendment to the Judicature Act increasing the number of Supreme Court judges from five to seven was ratified on July 23, 2019. Former High Court Judge Dr Azmiralda Zahir and former Civil Court Judge Aisha Shujune Muhammad were appointed to fill these vacancies.

The two are the first female justices to be appointed to the top court of Maldives.

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