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Opposition shares concerns on Ex-Pres Yameen's trial to foreign media

Mariyam Malsa
10 November 2019, MVT 13:09
Delegation of the opposition coalition during the press conference held at Sri Lanka. PHOTO: PROGRESSIVE PARTY OF MALDIVES (PPM)
Mariyam Malsa
10 November 2019, MVT 13:09

The opposition coalition conveyed their concerns on the trial of former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom to foreign media at a press conference held in Sri Lanka.

The latest hearing scheduled to deliver the verdict on Yameen's money laundering trial was cancelled following the suspension of the Criminal Court's Chief Judge Ahmed Hailam.

In a public statement released following his suspension, Judge Hailam alleged that state officials had pressured him to guarantee that Yameen would be given a prison sentence.

According to the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), the opposition coalition's delegation will also discuss the state of the Maldivian judiciary with international stakeholders over the course of the trip.

The delegation consists of PPM Vice President and Naifaru MP Ahmed Shiyam, People's National Congress (PNC) Vice President and Maavah MP Mohamed Saeed, PNC Vice President Mohamed Hussain Shareef and former Vice President Mohamed Jameel Ahmed who is now on Yameen's legal team.

While Yameen's verdict was initially to be announced at 1300hrs on November 5, the hearing will now take place November 17 after another judge assumes Judge Hailam's responsibilities.

Judge Hailam was suspended by the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) on the same day for posting an image in the Criminal Court's Viber group which depicted President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and former President Mohamed Nasheed in chains, along with the orchestrators of the November 3, 1988 coup.

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