Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Justice Ali Hameed have been given 10 days to assign lawyers.
They were given 10 days to assign lawyers when they were produced in Criminal Court for the first preliminary hearing on obstruction of justice charge for allegedly refusing to hand over their mobiles phones to the police for investigation. Their hearing was held jointly.
Since none of them had assigned lawyers, the presiding Judge Adam Arif had individually questioned them whether they would prefer to proceed the preliminary process with a lawyer.
While they all agreed that they preferred to assign lawyers, Gayoom requested a 15-day period to assign a lawyer while the two justices asked for 10 days. Hence, Justice Arif concluded that they would all get ten days to assign lawyers.
Justice Arif also stated that the court would order that they be given phone call privilege along with family visits.
They have also been charged with terrorism and Criminal Court has ordered to detain them until the end of their trials.
Police accused Chief Justice Saeed and Justice Hameed of accepting bribes to issue biased verdicts, using their authority to topple the government, deliberately obstructing the criminal justice system, attempting to destroy evidence and attempting to commit an act of terrorism.
In addition, the justices have been charged with obstructing the administrative functions of the state for allegedly ordering the employees of the Supreme Court to suspend Government E-letter Management System (GEMS) – a network that has been established to exchange government documents.
Accusations against Gayoom include: offering bribes to lawmakers in an attempt to unlawfully overthrow the government, bribing judges, encouraging members of the security forces to turn against the government, attempting to destroy evidence and attempting to commit a terrorism offence.
Gayoom and the justices have been in detention since their arrest on February 5. All three have denied the accusations against them.