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MDP vows to continue efforts to reform Maldives judiciary

31 December 2018, MVT 16:00
Former President Mohamed Nasheed speaks at an MDP National Council meeting. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU
31 December 2018, MVT 16:00

Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) on Monday declared that they would stand by their word to bring reforms to the judicial sector.

MDP released this statement in response to claims made by the President of the Commission on Investigation of Murders and Enforced Disappearances, Husnu Al-Suood, that the courts of Maldives were influenced by local gangs.

Speaking at a press conference held Sunday, Suood alleged that gangs were operating as the security of judges, in addition to influencing the appointment of justices to courts.

In the statement released by MDP regarding Suood's claims, the party declared that influence of gangs in the judiciary was a threat to justice. Noting that citizens and the international community have expressed concerns regarding the Maldivian justice system, MDP proclaimed that the judiciary must be reformed in order to establish law and order in the country.

MDP vowed to remain firm and fully cooperate with efforts to "cleanse" and reform the courts.

In the press conference, Suood had expressed mistrust of the judges currently serving in the Criminal Court and warned that investigations carried out by the Commission on Investigation of Murders and Enforced Disappearances might become futile if the judicial system remains unreformed.

The commission had announced 24 cold cases to be investigated, with the assistance of foreign experts. The cold cases undertaken include several unsolved murders, disappearances and suspicious deaths.