The High Court last evening backed the Criminal Court ruling, which sentenced Kaashidhoo MP Ismail Abdul Hameed to one year and six months banishment for corruption.
Ruling in the appeal made by Hameed, High Court judge Abdulla Hameed said the Court endorsed the Criminal Court ruling because the judges were not able to agree to the ruling being made in violation of laws.
"... The judges of the High Court of the Maldives have unanimously backed the Criminal Court ruling," he declared.
The judge stressed that the agreement made with Singapore's Island Logistics to purchase the "Ufuli-5" barge required 50 percent of the payment to be made within 14 days of signing the agreement and the remaining 50 percent to be made within 14 days of receiving the barge.
The judge said that despite the agreement requiring the company to bring the barge to the Male harbour by October 19, 2007, documents prove that the barge was brought to Male on October 23, 2008.
However, Hameed signed documents on October April 28, 2008 to confirm the delivery of the barge, the judge added.
"It is proven beyond doubt that Ismail Abdul Hameed is guilty of misusing his authority to provide undue benefit," the judge said.
Criminal Court on August 29 sentenced MP Hameed to one and a half years banishment for misusing his authority to commit an act of corruption.
The case filed by the state said when Hameed was the Director of Male Municipality he had used the power of his position to commit an act of corruption in the deal made to buy a barge for the Waste Management Unit.
The sate claimed that he had confirmed the barge had been received while it was not and made the remaining 50 percent of the payment to the company.
Article 73(c3) of the constitution states that a member of the parliament immediately becomes disqualified if he has been convicted of a criminal offence and is serving a sentence of more than 12 months.
MP Hameed’s lawyer said the High Court ruling would be appealed in the Supreme Court.