High Court has upheld the Criminal Court verdict to imprison Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed for 4 months and 24 days on the obstruction of justice charge against him.
The judges’ bench, presided by Judge Sujaau Usman, unanimously agreed on the decision. The other judges in the bench include Judge Abdul Ghany Mohamed and Judge Hassan Ali.
The High Court ruled that there was no legal reason to change the verdict issued by the Criminal Court.
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. The High Court verdict stated that the testimonies of the witnesses showed that the Chief Justice ordered the employees of Supreme Court to suspend GEMS on February 4 and 5.
It also stated that the employees of Supreme Court obeyed the order of Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed as the highest authority of Supreme Court and thus, had no personal gain.
Criminal Court convicted CJ and sentenced him to four months and 24 days in prison on May 8.
High Court also upheld the verdict issued by Criminal Court on Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Justice Ali Hameed, convicted of influencing official conduct, but lowered the sentence by two degrees.