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Supreme Court orders stay on former Defence Minister Tholhath's conviction

Ahmed Aiham
08 November 2018, MVT 16:00
Former Defence Minister Tholath Ibrahim. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
08 November 2018, MVT 16:00

Supreme Court, on Thursday, issued a temporary stay order on the conviction of former Minister of Defence and National Security, Tholhath Ibrahim.

Serving a 10-year sentence, the former Defence Minister was charged with terrorism over the arbitrary arrest of Criminal Court Judge Abdulla Mohamed, during the regime of former President Mohamed Nasheed.

The Supreme Court previously rejected Tholhath's appeal of the High Court's verdict. The apex court issued the stay order after Tholath filed to review the rejected appeal request.

Supreme Court's stay order on Tholhath's conviction called on authorities to refrain from taking any action regarding his initial verdict, until the top court concludes its review.

The former Defence Minister charged in 2016, was detained under house arrest before his release on Thursday.

In addition to Tholhath, former President Nasheed was the only one convicted over the arbitrary arrest of the judge.

Supreme Court has accepted to review the convictions of former president Mohamed Nasheed, leader of Adhaalath Party Sheikh Imran Abdulla and former Dhiggaru MP Ahmed Nazim.

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