Former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom says suspension of dozens of lawyers show how desperate authorities have become.
After the Department of Judiciary Administration (DJA) announced suspension of 56 lawyers, for filing a petition with the Supreme Court highlighting their concerns about the judiciary, Gayoom took to Twitter on Monday to criticize the move.
In addition to Gayoom, former president Mohamed Nasheed was also angered by the move. He called on the international community to take action against Chief Justice and the security forces to arrest those responsible for the suspension, which he described as an unconstitutional decision.
DJA announced the suspension on Sunday, saying that the 56 lawyers are being investigated for violating the constitution, and relevant laws and regulations. According to DJA, they rallied outside the Supreme Court against the law, in such a way that it would compromise the independence of the judiciary and judges.
The lawyers are being investigated for meddling with and attempting to influence the judiciary’s work, writing and signing an unlawful document against court procedures and rulings, and contempt of court, DJA said.