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November 18, 2018
Nov 2018

Supreme Court quashes Nasheed’s terror conviction

Maldives Independent November 26, 2018

The Supreme Court has overturned former president Mohamed Nasheed’s 13-year jail sentence after a review of the controversial terrorism conviction. Nasheed was found guilty of ordering the military’s “abduction” of the criminal court’s chief judge in January 2012.

The court had suspended Nasheed’s sentence last month after the Prosecutor General’s office sought a review of the decision to uphold the verdict in June 2016. A stay order cleared the way for the opposition leader’s return on November 1 after nearly three years in exile.

Criminal charges cannot be raised against the commander-in-chief for an unlawful arrest by the Maldives National Defence Force, Nasheed’s lawyer argued at court earlier this month.

Nov 2018

Supreme Court overturns Home Minister Imran’s terrorism conviction

Maldives Independent November 22, 2018

The Supreme Court on Thursday overturned Adhaalath Party leader Sheikh Imran Abdulla’s 12-year jail sentence on a terrorism charge raised over his speech at the 2015 May Day anti-government rally.

A three-judge panel ruled unanimously that the lower courts failed to properly assess the prosecution’s evidence.

He was transferred to house arrest in July. According to an Adhaalath Party source, Imran had rejected a presidential pardon from Yameen, who tried to woo him over to the ruling party before September’s election.

Nov 2018

Supreme Court concludes review of Nasheed terrorism conviction

Maldives Independent November 19, 2018

A 13-year jail sentence handed to the former opposition leader was suspended for review.

He was accused of ordering the “abduction” of the criminal court’s chief judge in January 2012.

Given the chance to address the court, Nasheed insisted he played no part in the judge’s detention. He asked the Supreme Court bench to expedite its judgment. But the chief justice said it was not possible to rule on the same day since the bench had to go through the lower court proceedings. A date for delivering the judgment will be announced later, he said.

Oct 2018

Maldives court overturns conviction to free JP leader Gasim

Avas October 22, 2018

Maldives' first appellate court on Monday freed jailed Jumhoory Party (JP) leader Gasim Ibrahim after overturning his bribery conviction.

The business tycoon was convicted of bribery and sentenced to over three years in prison in August last year. Gasim had been convicted after the court found him guilty of attempting to bribe fellow lawmakers to back the opposition led censure motion to unseat parliament speaker Abdulla Maseeh in March last year.

High Court on Monday overturned the conviction saying that the lower court had in fact violated several procedures during the original trial.

Oct 2018

Maldives High Court overturns conviction to free Gayoom

Avas October 18, 2018

Maldives High Court on Thursday freed jailed former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom after overturning his conviction.

The 80 year old Gayoom along with two top court judges were convicted of obstruction of justice and sentenced to one year seven months and six days in prison in June. Gayoom, along with Chief Justice Saeed and top court judge Ali Hameed who had been arrested under the state of emergency had been charged with obstruction of justice over their refusal to handover their mobile phone to the police.

During the appeal hearing on Thursday, High Court said the prosecution had not been able to prove that Gayoom's mobile phone had contained incriminating evidence adding that possessing a mobile phone in itself could not be deemed as a criminal offence.