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JSC to probe Judge Abdulla 'Ablo Gazee', catalyst for 2012 unrest

Ahmed Aiham
17 February 2020, MVT 10:49
Judge Abdulla Mohamed (Ablo Gazee) of the Family Court. PHOTO/MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
17 February 2020, MVT 10:49

Judicial Service Commission on Sunday opened an investigation into a disciplinary issue of Family Court Judge Abdulla (Ablo Gazee) Mohamed.

The move was decided in a meeting held by the commission. However, no further details were released.

Former president and incumbent Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed admitted in 2017 to ordering the arbitrary detention of the then-Chief Judge of the Criminal Court, Abdulla Mohamed, in 2012, which led to mass unrest and subsequently Nasheed's resignation on February 7.

In the aftermath of the events, Nasheed made a statement, calling the decision "not the best thing to do”.

Although no official details have been released, local media Mihaaru speculates that a poem shared by the judge, on the anniversary of February 7, had prompted the present scrutiny. He shared the poem to a Viber group chat of the judiciary, with the caption 'Happy Bodu Hulhu Day', referring to the unrest that followed the day after Nasheed step down, with many of his supporters inciting unrest across several islands and setting fire to the premises of some state institutions.

Judge Abdulla also presided upon the former President's terrorism trial, sentencing him to a 13-year imprisonment. Regardless, Nasheed was later acquitted of his charges by the Supreme Court in 2018.

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