Supreme Court Justice Ali Hameed has tearfully responded to the terrorism charge against him at Criminal Court on Sunday stating that the February 1 ruling was issued in order to solve the complaints of the people of the country.
Justice Ali Hameed had, in detail, tearfully explained the reason behind the February 1 verdict at Criminal Court during today’s hearing.
The prosecution stated that Justice Hameed was bribed to issue the February 1 verdict, and that he had collaborated with some others to overthrow the government.
Weeping, Justice Hameed responded that he is one of the oldest people at the hearing, and that while his age is now 54 years, he had begun serving the State at the age of 25. Hence, it is extremely wounding for the lawyer to say that he had accepted bribes in order to manipulate or influence state duties, while he had been serving the State sincerely for such a long period of time, Justice Hameed said.
He further said that the Supreme Court had been subject to intense criticism for a long time, and many had been sending them letters of complaint. As the heads of justice in the country, the February 1 ruling was issued as an attempt to solve the grievances of the people, he said.
Justice Hameed said all the judges held a session to discuss the issue in detail, and the verdict was only issued once they mutually reached an agreement after putting forth and discussing all matters of individual concern on the issue.
He also said that the only reason for suggesting re-trials were to ensure the people that those trials were indeed carried out according to the law. He would never do anything to harm the State, Justice Hameed assured.
When Justice Hameed was unable to stand due to his health during the hearing, presiding judge Ahmed Hailam had given him permission to speak while sitting down.
Although the other three judges had also signed the verdict, they were not alleged of any crime nor investigated, regarding which Justice Hameed’s lawyers Mahfooz Saeed and Safa Shareef questioned at the hearing.
In response the State stated that there was no evidence to point out that they accepted bribes in order to issue the verdict, while the State had substantial evidence to the contrary against both Chief Justice and Justice Ali Hameed.
After responding to the charge, Justice Hameed denied the charge against him.
When Justice Hameed denied the charges, the prosecution presented 32 witnesses against the defendant, including secret witnesses.
Judge Hailam then gave Justice Hameed three days to present defense witnesses and other documents before the hearing.
Justice Hameed was also accused 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.