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Court rejects over 100 documents in Maumoon's defence over minor print issue

Farah Ahmed
04 June 2018, MVT 12:21
Maumoon attending court for his son MP Faris Maumoon's criminal court case hearing. PHOTO: MIHAARU
Farah Ahmed
04 June 2018, MVT 12:21

Over 100 documents submitted as defence for former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom’s terrorism charges were rejected by the Criminal Court due to print issues, his lawyer Maumoon Hameed revealed Sunday.

In a tweet, Hameed had stated that, 29 pre-trial motions, 108 defence witnesses and 36 defence exhibits were submitted to the court on Sunday.

While the court had rejected the witness statements, Mihaaru reported that the court had accepted the 29 pre-trial motions submitted by the former president’s lawyers.

Maumoon faces up to 17-years of imprisonment, if convicted on the terrorism charges.

He was also charged with obstruction of justice for refusing to hand over his mobile phone, which was considered material evidence for the police’s investigation.

Maumoon’s lawyers had previously asked the court to mitigate his sentence, and to shift him to house arrest due to his poor health. However, the court refused to comply and the presiding Judge Ahmed Hailam had stated that Maumoon was already provided with special benefits in prison, including his meals and time outside of his cell.

Incumbent President Abdulla Yameen’s half-brother Maumoon was arrested from his home on February 5, shortly after the president declared a state of emergency that was in place for 40-days.

Chief Justice Abdullah Saeed, Supreme Court Judge Ali Hameed and Judicial Administrator Hassan Saeed were also arrested on the same night and their trials are currently on-going as well.

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