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UK Ambassador expresses concerns over Maldives court rulings

Nafaahath Ibrahim
08 May 2018, MVT 15:35
EUROPEAN UNION EU DELEGATION UK AMMASABDOR / JAMES DAURIS
Nafaahath Ibrahim
08 May 2018, MVT 15:35

The United Kingdom's Ambassador to the Maldives, James Dauris, stated that he has heard many concerns about the current court rulings, and procedures in relation to the current trials of senior judges and political leaders in the island nation.

He tweeted saying that he is "Leaving #Maldives having heard about so many people's concerns that court rules and procedures are being ignored in the on-going trials of senior judges and political leaders."

During his time in the archipelago, Dauris met with officials from opposition parties and Foreign Secretary Ahmed Sareeru to discuss the current political situation.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the bilateral relations between the Maldives and UK, counter terrorism, human trafficking and climate change were discussed in the meeting with Dauris.

The ambassador also highlighted that "citizens in every country need the courts to act as independent and impartial checks on power".

Dauris had previously called on politicians interfering with court proceedings. At that time he had said that the rights of politicians and judges need to be protected.

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