Criminal Court

President Yameen’s trial to continue on 17th

The money laundering trial against the former President, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom is set continue with a hearing on 17 November, Sunday.

Sources have told One Online that the hearing has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on the day and a summon order was signed by the Acting Chief Judge of the Criminal Court, Judge Ali Rasheed. The order is generally signed by the presiding judge.

Following a series of hearing, the trial was set to end with a sentencing hearing before it was cancelled at the last minute after the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) suspended the presiding Chief Judge of the Criminal Court, Ahmed Hailam by 60 days following a disciplinary investigation against him.

The investigation was launched regarding an image he shared on a Viber group on Victory Day, 3 November 2019.

The image in question is a drawing depicting the perpetrators of the invasion of 1988 along with the current President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Speaker of the Parliament, the former President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, in chains.

A statement released by Judge Hailam said that he was unaware of the resemblance when he shared the image on the group and offered a formal apology from the President, the speaker of the parliament and the people of the country.