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Three judges to issue landmark ruling did not have wrong intentions: state

Shaina Abdulla
15 May 2018, MVT 09:04
Judge Ali Hameed
Shaina Abdulla
15 May 2018, MVT 09:04

The state, on Monday, has stated that the top court three judges still on the bench did not have any intentions to overthrow the government when signing the Supreme Court's order of February 1 to release nine high-profile political prisoners.

The statement was made by Assistant State Prosecutor General Aishath Fazna during the preliminary hearing on terrorism charges against Judge Ali Hameed for conspiracy to overthrow the government at the Criminal Court. Fazna was referring to the three judges Adam Mohamed Abdulla, Abdulla Areef and Dr Ahmed Abdulla Didi.

The landmark ruling was revoked by Judge Adam Mohamed Abdulla, Judge Abdulla Areef and Dr Ahmed Abdulla Didi after the arrest of Judge Hameed and Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed on February 5.

In response to case presiding Judge Hailam’s questions, Lawyer Fazna stated that the three remaining judges were not questioned as they did not have any wrong intentiona while issuing the order, adding that the case evidence indicated that Judge Hameed and Chief Justice Saeed were taking bribes to issue the order. She was referring to evidence such as their attempts to buy properties in and out of the country.

However, Judge Hameed’s lawyer Ali Zahir rebutted, saying that statementa from the remaining three judges would prove that Judge Hameed did not have intention to overthrow the government either. Judge Hailam overruled the defence’s statement, stating that it was not the hearing to present evidence.

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom had declared a 45-day state of emergency in the country amidst political turmoil after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling. Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Judge Ali Hameed of the apex court were both arrested over terrorism charges for conspiring to overthrow the government and have been remanded until trial end.

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