Dhiggaru MP Faris Maumoon’s lawyer Maumoon Hameed said there is no need to present evidence to prove that Faris is innocent.
Speaking at VTV, Maumoon Hameed said Faris has been robbed of many rights given to him by the constitution. He said the documents related to Faris’ case have not been given and that the state refuses to share the evidence against him. This is due to lack of evidence, and if there is substantial evidence to prove the case against Faris it should be shown, Maumoon Hameed said.
He further said that the state has previously presented two anonymous witnesses against Faris, and the hearing scheduled to take their statements is also set to be a closed hearing. He said they sent a letter to Criminal Court requesting them to change this decision, stating them both parties should be given the opportunity to respond to the evidence.
Maumoon Hameed said in reality, there is no need to present any evidence in defense of Faris, in order to prove his innocence. The state is responsible to present substantial evidence against Faris to prove their allegation.
He also pointed out that the evidence which the Prosecutor General wanted to present to court had been deemed unacceptable by the court.
“The police first build an investigation on a complaint, which was a complaint letter signed and sent by the ‘vice-president’ of Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM). We told them that held no weight as the proclaimed vice-president was dismissed from the position one year prior, so this is a case of identity fraud. However the police ignored that” Maumoon Hameed said.
He said their claim that Faris was dismissed from PPM was built on invalid procedures. If procedures are being carried out justly, Faris would be given justice, and we will never give up hope on this, Maumoon Hameed said.
Faris’ lawyer pointed out that hearings on the case are being rushed and scheduled within very close time periods, depriving Faris the chance to meet and discuss documents with his lawyers. They are rushing the trial to sentence Faris before a certain date, he said.
Faris, charged with identity fraud and bribery, has repeatedly denied both charges.