Lawyer Hisaan Hussain has revealed that police have been secretly recording meetings between detainees and their lawyers.
After a meeting with her client, detained Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed, at Dhoonidhoo’s detention centre on Wednesday, Hisaan said that she became suspicious during the meeting and checked to discover a recording device hidden under the chair.
She said that an air-conditioned room was allocated for the lawyer-client meetings, which made her question the police as to why that particular room was given.
“I asked why that room was allocated for the lawyer-client meeting. (They) said that because (he is) the Chief Justice,” she said, adding that she reminded them that the same Chief Justice is being held in a small cell with a concrete bench as a bed.
Hisaan said she did not check the brand name of the recording device, but it was the type of recorder reporters used to carry.
Noting that police are not allowed to listen to the private meetings between lawyers and their clients, Hisaan said that it was a grave offence on the police’s part.
She further said that when police were notified of the recorder’s discovery, the senior-most police officers in Dhoonidhoo arrived at the scene, but instead of checking the room they asked to meet with officers, who were there, individually. All lawyers present at the detention centre protested the issue and left he island for their own safety, she said.
Speaking about the issue, lawyer Mahfooz Saeed said that police committed a criminal offence and that they would take all police officers at the detention centre to court. He said that police are secretly recording the meetings in an attempt to obtain evidence against the detainees.