Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed has decided not to appeal the Criminal Court’s order to keep him in detention pending the outcome of trial.
Justice Saeed’s lawyer Hisaan Hussain said that the detention order issue due to his terrorism trial will not be appealed, but details can only be given after further discussions with her client.
Police stormed the Supreme Court and arrested Justice Saeed and Justice Ali Hameed on the night of February 5 under state of emergency.
The state of emergency was declared after the top court ordered authorities to free nine high profile political prisoners and reinstated twelve MPs who were disqualified for floor crossing.
The two justices have been in detention since the February arrest. And while several accusations, including bribery and conspiring to overthrow the government, were levelled against them, charges have been pressed and trials have begun.
Following their arrest, the Judicature Act was amended targeting the them through a parliament sitting attended only by pro-government MPs. Subsequently, they were suspended without pay.
Justice Hameed’s legal team said he has not yet reached a decision on appealing the detention order.