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Police seek charges against ex-pres Maumoon, top court judges

Fathmath Shaahunaz
01 March 2018, MVT 13:56
Composite image of Judge Ali Hameed (L), former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom (C) and Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed. IMAGE/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
01 March 2018, MVT 13:56

Police on Wednesday sought to charge former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, and Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Judge Ali Hameed of the Supreme Court, with destroying evidence needed for investigations.

Maldives Police Service announced that the cases against the three, who were arrested February 5 for allegedly attempting to stage a coup, were forwarded to the Prosecutor General’s Office.

Police also revealed that they are seeking to charge Judicial Administrator Hassan Saeed over fleeing after the police summoned him.

The former president, justices and judicial administrator were arrested under the state of emergency President Abdulla Yameen declared earlier this month after the Supreme Court issued a shock ruling to free political prisoners. The four are accused of giving and accepting bribes to topple the elected government via the top court.

Six others were also accused of the same offences, including Maumoon’s lawmaker son Faris Maumoon and son-in-law Mohamed Nadeem, and Ali Hameed’s wife.

Police had previously claimed to have obtained evidence of Maumoon, Faris and Nadeem bribing the justices of the Supreme Court and some members of the parliament to stage the alleged “coup”.

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