President of the Commission on Investigation of Murders and Enforced Disappearances, Husnu al-Suood, on Thursday, stated that he would provide his full cooperation to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) throughout their investigation into gang influence in the Criminal Court.
In a tweet, Suood welcomed JSC’s decision to create an investigative committee, stating that such efforts were necessary for bringing about judiciary reform.
According to the Department of Judicial Administration (DJA), the presidential commission had failed to substantiate their claims to the Supreme Court. According to DJA, the top court had given the commission a deadline to present any information regarding the claims made by Suood during the press conference held on December 31.
The commission’s president had alleged that gangs exerted influence over the Criminal Court to the extent that they had a hand in appointing judges. He also accused judges of collaborating with gangs to cover up murder investigations, and to ensure that certain individuals were not convicted or sentenced.
JSC has announced that the committee would proceed swiftly with their mandate to investigate gang influence in the Criminal Court and publicize their findings. The Committee is to question Suood and seek information from investigative bodies throughout their enquiry.
Meanwhile, the lower court has rebuffed the accusations as an attempt to stir public unrest and warned that Suood’s remarks constituted contempt of court.