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Terrorism charges against Ex-Chief Justice and two MPs retracted

28 January 2019, MVT 16:19
Chief Judge Abdulla Saeed.PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/ MIHAARU
28 January 2019, MVT 16:19

Prosecutor General’s (PG) Office retracted terrorism charges against former Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed, Mahchangoalhi West MP Abdulla Sinan, and Dhagethi MP Ilham Ahmed.

Letters sent by the PG Office in the previous week notified each individual that the terrorism case filed for orchestrating a coup would be discontinued.

The letter further revealed that the cases submitted to Criminal Court have been sent back to Maldives Police Service.

While Abdulla Saeed’s terrorism charges were dropped, he received a three-year jail sentence in relation to two other charges and is currently under house arrest. The appeal proceedings of one of these cases concluded in 2018, costing him the position of Chief of Justice.

The former Chief Justice and the two lawmakers had been accused of trying to overthrow the government after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling of February 1, 2018.

The PG Office has also recently retracted terrorism charges against former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Kinbidhoo MP Mohamed Riyaz, Dhiggaru MP Ahmed Faris Maumoon, and Maumoon’s son-in-law Mohamed Nadeem.

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