While former President Mohamed Nasheed last night stressed that he was ready to face the charges against him over the detention of Chief Criminal Judge Abdulla Mohamed, his Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) Parliamentary group has called on the Prosecutor General (PG) to withdraw the charges.
In addition to Nasheed, PG’s office case includes former Defence Minister Tholhath Ibrahim Kaleyfaanu, former Chief of Defence Force Moosa Ali Jaleel, Brigadier General Ibrahim Mohamed Didi and Colonel Mohamed Ziyad which has been forwarded to the Hulhumale Court for prosecution.
MDP Parliamentary group in a statement expressed concern and raised questions over the charges that have been against Nasheed. The group further alleged that the charges, tainted with political color were against MDP members and democracy itself.
“We believe that this is a cowardly act of our political rivals by influencing the PG as they are certain that our presidential candidate (Nasheed) cannot be defeated through a vote,” statement read.
The MDP statement further claimed that while Nasheed is being prosecuted, Police during their efforts to overthrow the government on February 7 had carried out numerous inhumane acts against the people. In addition, during the administration of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, many acts had been carried out in blatant violation of the constitution, laws and international covenants. However, such major infringements had not been investigated or addressed, the statement noted.
In addition, MDP while noting that the constitution obligates the PG to remain unprejudiced claimed that the case against Nasheed had been forwarded to the court less than 24 hours after Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) during a rally in Addu last Friday had warned that the PG would be removed from office if Nasheed is not prosecuted.
The statement while alleging that some were attempting to douse the fire of democracy, urged the PG to steer clear of such a trap.
In reference to the charges over Judge Abdulla’s detention, Nasheed last night claimed that he was "ready" to be answerable in a court of law.
“Even if I’m summoned to court tomorrow, I will be present with earnest. The court must be capable of delivering justice. The justice system must be reformed and able to deliver justice,” Nasheed said speaking in Usfasgandu last night.