Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Justice Ali Hameed were found guilty of influencing official conduct and sentenced to one year, seven months and six days in prison on Thursday.
The hearings of the two justices on the charge were held in secret. The justices were accused of using their power to influence other judges.
The State submitted two secret witnesses and court orders to make their case. The court orders were submitted to prove that the justices influenced the outcome of the court orders. The court orders submitted by the State included a court order issued by the presiding judge on the case, Judge Hussain Shaheed.
The Chief Justices’ lawyers responded to the submission, stating that submitting the court order from the presiding judge would be a conflict of interest in the case. However the judge decided that it would not be a conflict in the case.
Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Justice Ali Hameed were also charged with obstruction of justice, accepting bribes, and terrorism. The CJ was convicted of the obstruction of state duties charge against him and was sentenced to four months and 24 days in prison last Tuesday.