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Suood presents evidence of gang influence to JSC

Mariyam Malsa
21 January 2019, MVT 09:14
President of the Commission on Investigation of Murders and Enforced Disappearances, Husnu al-Suood speaks at a press conference. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/ MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
21 January 2019, MVT 09:14

President of the Commission on Investigation of Murders and Enforced Disappearances, Husnu al-Suood, on Sunday, submitted evidence regarding gang influence in the Criminal Court to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

Suood tweeted his assurance that he had substantiated his earlier claims to JSC which recently established a committee to investigate allegations made on December 31, 2018, during a press conference. JSC had announced that the committee, headed by Attorney General Ibrahim Riffath, would carry out the investigation swiftly and publicize their findings.

Suood 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.

After coming under fire for refusing to prove his claims, Suood assured that he would provide his full collaboration on January 10.

Prior to this, the Department of Judicial Administration (DJA) stated that the presidential commission had failed to present any information regarding the claims by the end of the deadline given by the Supreme Court. The top court has also launched an inquiry into Suood's claims.

It has also been revealed that the presidential commission had sent a letter to the Supreme Court refusing to present such information without providing any reason for the decision.

Chancellor of the Judicial Academy, Ahmed Majidh, also warned that there were no barriers to taking steps against Suood as his claims damaged the reputation of judges and amounted to contempt of court.

Meanwhile, the Criminal Court itself has condemned the accusations as an attempt to stir public unrest and warned that Suood’s remarks constituted contempt of court.

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