Hulhumale Court today accepted the case against former President Mohamed Nasheed and former Defence Tholhath Ibrahim Kaleyfaanu over the unconstitutional arrest and subsequent detention of Chief Criminal Judge Abdulla Mohamed forwarded for prosecution by the Prosecutor General's (PG) office.
In addition to Nasheed and Tholhath, former Chief of Defence Force Moosa Ali Jaleel, Brigadier General Ibrahim Mohamed Didi and Colonel Mohamed Ziyad is also being prosecuted according to PG’s office.
PG’s office had forwarded the case to the Hulhumale Court and not to the Criminal Court as Judge Abdulla is the Chief Judge and hence would involve conflict of interest as per the advice of the Supreme Court.
It has been learned that the court has accepted the case, but it is yet unclear when a hearing would be held.
All five are being charged under Article 81 of the Maldives penal code, which is detainment of a person not found guilty by a court of law using the authority afforded to a State employee. The penalty if found guilty is a prison sentence of no more than three years or banishment or a fine of no more than MVR2,000.
Despite pressures from both international and local parties and a direct order by the Supreme Court for his immediate release, Judge Abdulla had been detained in a military training facility at Kaafu Atoll Girifushi for 22 days.
Former Home Minister Hassan Afeef had revealed in his police statement that Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) had been requested to take action against Judge Abdulla after he was deemed as a threat to national security.