The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) is currently investigating a case submitted to them alleging that the Chief Judge of the High Court Ahmed Shareef had met with officials of the Malaysian Company Nexbis in Bangkok assigned to install the Border Control System, laden with corruption allegations.
A media official from the High Court said that Ahmed Shareef refutes the allegations made against him.
Citing the Chief Judge the official said that he had travelled to Singapore with two other Judges on an official trip and that the allegations made against him involving Nexbis are not true and is an attempt by someone or a group at tarnishing his reputation.
Judge Shuaib Hussain Zakariya and Judge Abdu Rauf Ibrahim had accompanied Chief Judge Ahmed Shareef to an E-commerce Conference held in Singapore, but while Judge Shuaib and Abdu Rauf returned back home, Haveeru has learned that Shareef travelled to Bangkok and returned home a week later.
An official from the ACC confirmed that the case is being probed.
Haveeru could not confirm who or which body had submitted the case to the ACC and the ACC has not revealed the identity of the person/body that submitted the case as well. However Haveeru was able to obtain a copy of the letter submitted to the ACC the ending of which read “I have written about the true state of affairs amongst us.”
It was also stated in the letter that all the Judges at the court are well aware that Shareef experienced “breathing difficulties and chest pain” on hearing a case regarding the border control system had been submitted.
Fragments of a sentence addressing Shareef’s meeting with officials from Nexbis in Thailand were crossed out using a black marker thus the gist of the sentence is unclear to Haveeru. But it can be derived from the letter that politicians from the Maldives and members of Nexbis were staying at the hotel Shareef was staying in Bangok at the same time. But no names or any issues regarding these politicians were mentioned in the letter.
One request in the letter submitted to the ACC is to trace the source of Shareef’s tickets and funds for all the trips he had made abroad while the Border Control System case was progressing in court.
“If the commission has the authority, check the drawers of the Chief Judge’s table, you will find several documents relating to the Border Control Case not included in the case papers. Several Judges are certain on account of the documents that the Chief Judge favours a specific verdict,” the letter read.
It was explained in the letter that given Shareef had not returned to Male on the day the hearing for the Border Control System case was scheduled and that the then appointed Chief Judge had continued on with the hearing after reconstituting the bench of judges presiding over the case of which Shareef had made an issue upon return and submitted complaints to the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) and Chief Justice.
“It is a matter of utmost shame to say that the verdict of the Border Control System case is in the Chief Judge’s room. The latest result of the case has been that the case had been halted on the order of the Chief Justice,” it detailed.
It was further mentioned in the letter that Nexbis had received preferential treatment on Shareef’s request as is evident by relevant documentation and that in some case Shareef exercises his influence to end cases the way he wants.
The letter concluded saying that the JSC had paid no heed to the complaints submitted to them regarding Shareef and pleaded the ACC to investigate his corruption cases.