Former Minister of Defense, Ameen Faisal’s trial hearing scheduled to present the summary statement, was cancelled on Monday.
The hearing was scheduled for 10:00 a.m. although the reason for the cancellation is unclear.
A hearing to present the summary statement was previously scheduled on October 17. However it was postponed on the request of Ameen Faisal’s lawyer Mohamed Favvaz, stating that he was assigned as Ameen Faisal’s lawyer on the same day, therefore more time would be required to prepare a summary statement.
Without any resistance from the state, the judge decided to postpone the hearing in order to provide enough time to prepare the summary statement.
Once the summary statement is presented and if the presiding judge has no questions, a verdict will be issued.
Ameen Faisal was charged with terrorism for arresting and detaining current President Yameen Abdul Gayyoom at K. Aarah during former President Mohamed Nasheed’s reign.
President Yameen was arrested on July 14, 2010 for allegedly bribing MPs to overthrow Nasheed’s government. He was released on July 23.
Ameen Faisal denied the charges against him and presented witnesses for statements, including President Abdulla Yameen, former Defense Minister Moosa Ali Jaleel, and former legal head of Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) Lieutenant Colonel Zubair Ahmed Manik. However the court allowed only one witness to present the statement.
The state also presented three witnesses against him, two of whom were secret witnesses and the other was former Prosecutor General Ahmed Muizz.
While giving the statement Muizz said according to the laws of the constitution President Yameen could not have been arrested, which he stated in a letter sent to then Attorney General.
Meanwhile Zubair, in his statement, stated that President Yameen was taken into police custody after receiving an intelligence report. He also said that all the proceedings of the arrest would be documented in the military headquarters.
If found guilty of the charge, Ameen Faisal would face a prison sentence of 10 to 15 years.
The state pressed charges against former President Mohamed Nasheed in the same case. However, as Nasheed is currently living abroad, they were unable to deliver the chit to him, preventing them from holding his trial.