Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed’s obstruction of state duties charge hearings have concluded on Sunday.
According to CJ’s legal team, while the hearings on the obstruction charge against Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed was concluded on Sunday, another hearing is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Monday to issue the summary statement.
It is likely that the CJ will be sentenced in the next hearing. He faces a prison term of four months and 24 days if found guilty.
The CJ was 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.
However CJ Abdulla Saeed had denied the charges against him.
On Sunday’s hearing the judge heard testimonies from both sides.
The CJ submitted five defense witnesses, including Supreme Court Justice Ali Hameed, and the Administrator of Department of Judiciary Administration (DJA) Hassan Saeed. However the judge declined from accepting their witness, stating that they both are connected to the obstruction of state duties charge against him. Only one defense witness gave their testimony on Sunday’s hearing.
Testifying in defense of the CJ, Supreme Court’s Director General Ibrahim Waheed said while he was the head of the Information Technology (IT) Division of Supreme Court, he was not informed that GEMS was suspended. He came to know about it when it was broadcasted on media reports, Ibrahim Waheed said.
While the state submitted four witnesses against the CJ, one of them, an employee of Supreme Court, gave their witness in a video conference by using voice distortion.