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Civil Court judge resigns to make way for reform

22 January 2019, MVT 12:46
Mohamed Haleem, former judge of the Civil Court. FILE PHOTO/MIHAARU
22 January 2019, MVT 12:46

Judge Mohamed Haleem of the Civil Court resigned on Tuesday, in order to cooperate with the movement to reform the Maldivian judiciary.

Haleem, who had served in the Civil Court for four years, declared that judicial reform is needed from the Supreme Court to the Magistrate Courts.

“I want to be an advocate for judicial reform, hence, why I resigned,” said Haleem.

He expressed his belief that all the judges must resign, as suspicions have been raised regarding their appointments to the judicial bench.

“Questions have been raised over the appointment of some judges. Word is that there was a quota for their appointment, and that there was influence of gangs regarding their selection,” said Haleem, referring to the allegations recently made by the presidential Commission on Investigation of Murders and Enforced Disappearances.

"Thus, I do not believe that we can reform the judiciary unless all the judges hand in their resignations. They must be reappointed as per policies".

Haleem assured that he will remain in service to the nation after resigning as a judge.