The magistrate accused of forging a warrant to arrest the president and charged with terrorism was convicted and sentenced to 17 years on Friday.
Chief magistrate of the Alif Dhaal Maamigili magistrate court Ahmed Nihan was found guilty of conspiring to kidnap the president and exert undue influence on the government, according to the verdict read out by the chief criminal judge Abdul Baaree Yoosuf who has taken over all the high profile trials recently.
Nihan is the first sitting judge to be convicted in the Maldives. He was indefinitely suspended by the judicial watchdog shortly after his arrest in February.
In addition to the magistrate, former prosecutor general Muhuthaz Muhsin was also convicted in the case and sentenced to 17 years in prison a day earlier.