Criminal Court has scheduled a hearing on the obstruction of justice charge against former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Justice Ali Hameed for Tuesday night.
According to their website, a hearing on the case against Gayoom and the two justices has been scheduled for 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday night.
They were charged with obstruction of justice on claims that they did not hand over their phones for police investigation.
During the preliminary hearing held on the case on April 22, Gayoom presented 12 points, however the presiding judge Hassan Najeeb did not accept it. The two justices’ preliminary hearing on the case has also been carried out and the judge had decided that the cases against the three can be carried forward.
While important documents relating to the case has been leaked, the statements given by senior police officers state that they were unable to find the phones of Gayoom or the two justices, which was needed for the investigation.
Furthermore, the statements noted that the police requested for the two justices’ phones while inside the Supreme Court prior to their arrest, which was denied by Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed saying that those police officers were committing a crime and therefore the phones do not have to be handed over to them. Meanwhile the statements also read that Gayoom, too, stated that he is not aware where his phone was when asked to hand it over for investigation purposes.
While Gayoom was also charged with terrorism, the two justices were accused of accepting bribes to overthrow the government and charged with terrorism. Both Chief Justice and Justice Ali Hameed were convicted of influencing official conduct and sentenced to one year, seven months and six days in prison.
The CJ was also convicted of the obstruction of state duties charge against him and was sentenced to four months and 24 days in prison on May 8.