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Supreme Court to review verdict on Dheebaja case

Fathmath Shaahunaz
03 March 2020, MVT 17:03
Supreme Court of Maldives, located in Male' City. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED / MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
03 March 2020, MVT 17:03

The Supreme Court has accepted the state's request to review its verdict on the Dheebaja case.

The state contracted Dheebaja to provide ferry services in the Northern Province in 2011, during the presidency of former President Mohamed Nasheed. However, after the following administration of President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom terminated the contract in 2013, Dheebaja filed a lawsuit and won, with the Civil Court ordering the government to pay MVR 348 million to the company as compensation. The Supreme Court upheld the verdict last year.

An official of the top court confirmed that the case has been accepted.

Attorney General Ibrahim Riffath had previously declared that there were no grounds to request a review of the Supreme Court verdict. However, the AG Office later stated that the case was filed at the top court on the request of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, since the matter concerned interests of the public .

Meanwhile, the state also reached an out-of-court settlement of MVR 174 million with Dheebaja earlier. However, following delays in payments, Dheebaja had filed another case at the Civil Court, requesting verdict execution.

The High Court had overturned the Civil Court's ruling, ordering the state to pay MVR 348 million to Dheebaja, in 2018. The Supreme Court, however, in April 2019 annulled the High Court's decision on the grounds that the appeal was accepted after the deadline passed, and maintained the Civil Court's verdict.

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