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Maldives prosecutors dismiss Nazim's framed claim

Mohamed Visham
21 June 2016, MVT 15:54
Former defence minister Nazim smiles as he enters the Supreme Court for the second pre-trial hearing on Tuesday. MIHAARU PHOTO/NISHAN ALI
Mohamed Visham
21 June 2016, MVT 15:54

Prosecutors on Tuesday contested the request for high profile witnesses to testify on behalf of jailed former defence minister Mohamed Nazim arguing that his claim to have been framed had no basis.

Nazim who is serving 11 years in prison for weapons possession has maintained that the hand gun was planted in his residence, though the High Court had also backed the lower court verdict.

His lawyer, Husnu Suood during the first pre-trial hearing of Nazim’s final appeal, told the Supreme Court last week that a police officer named Asif had planted the weapon inside his room during the raid.

He also alleged that the whole thing was planned by former vice president Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor and the ex-Police Commissioner Hussain Waheed and had urged the court to summon them both.

Suood who had served as the Attorney General also urged the court to summon the then Chief Criminal Judge Abdulla Mohamed to prove that the police had produced falsified information for the search warrant on Nazim’s residence.

However, prosecutors during Tuesday's pre-trial hearing argued that the claim of being framed by a police officer was not presented by the defence during the investigation, the original trial or the first appeal.

The sudden and questionable nature of the claim does not warrant the court to summon any witnesses, prosecutors insisted.

The case being heard by the full bench of the country's bench is now expected to decide whether to accept the appeal after the two pre-trial hearings.

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