High Court has upheld the Criminal Court order extending the detention period of former Head of Police Intelligence Department Chief Superintendent Mohamed Hameed.
The Criminal court order indicated that Hameed had been the source for the information mentioned in the report of the events leading up to the transfer of power on February 7 published by two prominent members of opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP). Former National Security Advisor Ameen Faisal and former Housing Minister Mohamed Aslam had previously stated that police intelligence information had been included in their report.
In addition, Criminal Court detailed that witness intimidation and destroying of evidence in the case was a real possibility if Hameed was not detained as it is believed that others were involved in the alleged offence.
After the accusation, the period of detention of Hameed was extended for five days on the evening of last Thursday.
High Court further stated that there were no grounds to declare that the Criminal Court had issued the order in violation of the contours of the law.
During the hearing of the Criminal Court’s order appeal at the High Court on Sunday, Hameed’s attorney Ismail Visham alleged that his client’s detention period had been extended in violation of the laws.
Visham detailed that Hameed had been arrested for behavioral transgressions which cannot be constituted as a criminal offence. Hence, he stressed that Hameed cannot be arrested and detained on criminal charges.
Countering Hameed’s defence, Assistant Public Prosecutor of the Prosecutor General’s Office Hussain Nashid stressed that Hameed had been arrested for allegations of a criminal offence and not behavioral misconduct.
The State attorney further detailed that the Police had stated that witness intimidation and destroying of evidence in the case was a real possibility if Hameed is not detained. Hence there were no issues in the Criminal Court declaring Hameed as a threat to public security and safety based on the account of the police, Nashid added.
Police had stated that Hameed had leaked confidential information that could create tension among the institution and fuel civil unrest and that it was something forbidden to policemen by law.