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Maldives graft watchdog rejects age fraud case against top Judge

Mohamed Visham
15 June 2016, MVT 13:24
Supreme Court Judge Ali Hameed. FILE PHOTO/PRESIDENT'S OFFICE
Mohamed Visham
15 June 2016, MVT 13:24

Maldives' corruption watchdog has refused to investigate a age fraud case involving a top court judge, Mihaaru understands.

Controversial Supreme Court Judge Ali Hameed was accused of changing his date of birth and renewing his national identity card.

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has informed the person who filed the case to lodge a police complaint instead. ACC had explained that as the case involved forgery it was a matter for the police.

However, the case had accused the judge of abuse of power which falls within ACC's mandate.

ACC declined to comment when contacted by Mihaaru.

The issue of Judge Hameed changing his date of birth to appear younger first emerged after a copy of his old passport and identity card surfaced on social media along with renewed passport and identity card.

According to the leaked documents, Judge Hameed had changed his date of birth to appear six years younger.

Jugde Hameed was embroiled in a sex tape scandal after the tape, allegedly showing the judge committing adultery with an unidentified foreign woman, began circulating on social media.

However, he was cleared by both the police and the judicial watchdog due to lack of evidence.

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