Government must release Judge Abdulla or charge him: UN

Jan 29, 2012 - 01:09
  • Judge Abdulla Mohamed: UN has asked the government to release the Judge or charge him with a crime. HAVEERU FILE PHOTO

Following the government's request for assistance in resolving the current judicial crisis in the country, the United Nations said yesterday that the government should release Judge Abdulla from military custody or charge him with a crime.

Criminal Court’s Chief Judge Abdulla Mohamed is in custody of the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) since he was arrested against court orders on the 16th of this month.

UN officials are still discussing how to respond to the request, said Ravina Shamdasani, a spokeswoman at the human rights office.

"While acknowledging the challenges Maldives faces in reforming and strengthening its judiciary, we believe that Judge Abdullah should either be treated with due process, meaning he should be properly charged moved from military detention, and brought before a court, or released," she said.

The UN had expressed concern after Foreign Minister Ahmed Naseem had claimed during a ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) rally that not a single question had been raised by the international community following the arrest of Judge Abdulla.

The arrest has sparked daily opposition protests that have resulted in clashes between police and opposition activists.

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