Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has appealed the prison verdict of one year and seven months levied on him by the Criminal Court.
Gayoom’s attorneys confirmed the submission on Sunday.
Gayoom was convicted of the State raised obstruction of justice charge against him, and sentenced to one year and seven months in prison.
Gayoom was charged with obstruction of justice last February for allegedly refusing to hand over his phone to authorities after his arrest. The court verdict also stripped him of the license to preach religious sermons, and the license to practice law.
Along with Gayoom, Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Justice Ali Hameed were charged with obstruction of justice, convicted and given a one year and seven months prison sentence.
While the testimonies of the State witnesses were accepted, the testimonies of the defense witnesses were not accepted by the presiding judge Hassan Najeeb.
The witnesses submitted by the State include two police officers who went to arrest Gayoom, two police officers who went to arrest the justices and another secret witness.
The police officers who went to arrest Gayoom testified that he refused to hand over his phone by saying that it was not with him. They were also unable to find his phone after searching Gayoom’s residence, M. Endherimaage.
Meanwhile the police officers that went to arrest the justices stated that both justices also refused to hand over their phones. According to the officers, the justices said that the officers were violating the law and therefore, there was no reason to communicate with criminals. Their phones were also not found during the search carried out at Supreme Court.