The Judge presiding over the case of the torching of the Seenu Atoll Hulhudhoo Court on February 8 has revealed that the first hearing of the case will begin next Sunday. The State has filed a case against thirteen individuals.
The case filed by the court states that they had gathered at the island court at 7.00 in the evening of February 7 and vandalized the property and set the building on fire.
The hearing held at the court today regarding the case was to prepare for the beginning of the official trial. The hearing was held by summoning the accused to the Addu Magistrate Court and communicating via audio conference.
Eight out of the 13 people accused of destroying the building attended the court session today while the Judge revealed that nine men had been summoned. All of the accused requested lawyers to advocate on their behalf.
The Judge presiding over the case also revealed that the state has requested full confidentiality for the witnesses testifying for the prosecution. If the men charged of the crime are found guilty they may receive up to 10-15-years in jail or banishment.