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Parliament approves Shameem's appointment as PG

Mariyam Malsa
07 December 2019, MVT 19:47
Former Deputy Prosecutor General Hussain Shameem. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/ MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
07 December 2019, MVT 19:47

The parliament, on Saturday, approved the appointment of former Deputy Prosecutor General Hussain Shameem to the position of Prosecutor General (PG).

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih forwarded Shameem's name to the parliament while three people had applied for the position. In addition to Shaheem, former Deputy Prosecutor General Mariyam Nihaayath and lawyer Ahmed Zaheen submitted applications.

Two-thirds of the parliament's judiciary committee voted in favour of appointing Shameem. The prominent lawyer stated that he would fulfill his duties honestly and with dedication during the committee's interview. He also vowed not to levy unjust charges.

In addition to working at the Attorney General's Office and PG Office, Shameem previously served at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Maldives, the Clemency Board and the Employment Tribunal.

He was also part of the legal team for several prominent politicians including Jumhooree Party leader Qasim Ibrahim, former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Dhiggaru MP Faris Maumoon.

Shameem acquired a Masters in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice as well as attaining a Bachelor of Arts from Al-Azhar University in Egypt.

PG Aishath Bisham resigned from her position on November 28 while her impeachment case was ongoing in the Parliament's Judiciary Committee.

She was previously summoned and questioned by the Judiciary Committee over actions taken by the PG Office during the previous administration. However, she maintained that she was never under any political influence, and stressed that her stance on certain matters changed only due to adequate reasons.

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