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Defence Minister Adam Shareef visits Gayyoom, Chief Justice in prison

Farah Ahmed
04 June 2018, MVT 15:55
Defence Minister Adam Shareef speaking at the National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) / Maldives National Defense force (MNDF) press briefing. PHOTO: MIHAARU
Farah Ahmed
04 June 2018, MVT 15:55

Minister of Defence Adam Shareef on Sunday met with jailed former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom and Chief Justice Abdullah Saeed, in his capacity as incumbent President Abdulla Yameen’s representative.

Gayyoom’s lawyer Maumoon Hameed confirmed the visit and said that Minister Shareef had checked on the former president’s well being and heard grievances from his lawyers.

The lawyers raised concerns regarding Gayyoom’s trial procedure, prison conditions and the state institutions’ treatment of the former president, Hameed revealed.

In February, Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Dr Mohamed Muizzu also visited Gayyoom, the Chief Justice and Supreme Court Judge Ali Hameed in prison, as a representative of the president.

In a tweet after the visit, Dr Muizzu had said that he had inquired about the detainees' health and prison conditions.

President Yameen’s half-brother Gayyoom was arrested on February 5, shortly after a state of emergency was declared. He has since been charged with attempting to orchestrate an act of terrorism and obstruction of justice for refusing to hand over his mobile phone for police’s investigation.

The same charges were raised against the Chief Justice, who was also arrested on the same night from the premises of the Supreme Court with Judge Hameed and Judicial Administrator Hassan Saeed.

Judge Ali Hameed was additionally charged with the offence of accepting a bribe.

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