High Court has denied Prosecutor General Aishath Bisham’s claims that the PG office had requested to appeal against Criminal Court’s decision to release the suspects involved in the abduction of journalist Ahmed Rilwan.
High Court made the statement after PG office tweeted that they had requested the High Court to issue a permit to appeal against Criminal Court’s verdict on the case.
In their statement, High Court said that they had received a letter from PG office on August 2, 2018 in which they stated their intention to appeal once the trial report was ready. According to High Court, PG office had asked the court to issue them a permit once they have reviewed the trial report.
High Court stated they had responded to PG's letter on August 6, 2018, informing PG office that they can request for an appeal as per Article 29 of High Court Regulations, and that once the appeal is submitted under standard procedure, the court will review the request and proceed accordingly.
However, High Court stated that there have been no further communications on the matter since the court issued their response to PG, and that there have been no appeals or requests to appeal in the one year that has passed since then.
PG Aishath Bisham was summoned to the parliament’s judiciary committee in July to respond to the committee’s questions on Ahmed RIlwan’s case. During the committee meeting, PG Bisham told the committee that the PG had requested to appeal against Criminal Court’s verdict on the case.
Following this meeting, the family of Ahmed Rilwan submitted a letter to the High Court to clarify whether PG's claims were true and if there had been any appeals on the case. In High Court's response to Rilwan’s family, the court said that their records show no such appeals from the PG.
The tweet from PG office came in response to this statement from High Court. In their tweet, PG office revealed the details of the request they had submitted to the High Court to appeal the case. They revealed they had sent a letter to the High Court on August 2, 2018, and that they had received a response from High Court on August 6, 2018. However, PG office did not reveal what was written in
High Court's response.
Meanwhile, Fonadhoo MP Moosa Siraj has submitted a proposal to Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)'s parliamentary group to conduct a no-confidence vote against PG Aishath Bisham.