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Court concludes appeal of opposition lawmaker’s arrest

Dhiggaru MP Faris Maumoon escorted back to jail after a hearing at the Criminal Court. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU

Dhiggaru MP Faris Maumoon escorted back to jail after a hearing at the Criminal Court. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU

The High Court on Thursday concluded the appeal hearings of the lower court’s order to arrest Dhiggaru MP Faris Maumoon.

The son of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was arrested for allegedly bribing lawmakers to gather support for the opposition lobbied motion of no confidence against the parliament speaker. The Criminal Court had ruled to keep MP Faris under custody until the end of his trial.

Faris had appealed the court orders to both arrest and remand him. While the High Court commenced the appeal hearings early Thursday, it also concluded the hearings regarding Faris’ arrest.

Speaking after the hearing which took place behind closed doors, MP Faris’ lawyers declared that the warrant to arrest the lawmaker had been issued unlawfully, noting that parliament regulations stipulate that lawmakers cannot be arrested while a motion of no confidence has been submitted to the parliament. The lawyers further stated that the warrant was issued in violation of the Criminal Procedure Act.

“We requested for a temporary court order, to release Ahmed Faris Maumoon from custody until the High Court reaches a verdict. The judges decided to announce a decision later,” said Ibrahim Shameel of MP Faris’ legal team.

While the appeal hearings of Faris’ remand also began Thursday, the judges decided to proceed with them another day due to lack of time.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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