Legal Politics

Court halts trial, allows opposition lawmaker to attend parliament

Dhiggaru MP Faris leaves the Criminal Court after his remand hearing. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU

Dhiggaru MP Faris leaves the Criminal Court after his remand hearing. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU

The Criminal Court on Monday put the hearing of Dhiggaru MP Faris Maumoon on hold to allow him to attend Parliament.

Upon MP Faris’ arrival at the court on Monday for the hearing of his identity theft trial, his lawyer Maumoon Hameed requested the court to grant permission for the lawmaker to attend Parliament. Judge Ibrahim Ali agreed to the request, noting that MP Faris is currently under arrest for another trial unrelated to his identity theft case and, thus, the current trial will not impede the lawmaker from attending Parliament if the defendant so wishes.

However, it has not been confirmed yet whether MP Faris will be escorted to Parliament. Maldives Correctional Service is in charge of escorting MP Faris from the trial to Maafushi Prison, where he is detained, and which is under the management of Correctional Services.

MP Faris is arrested and under custody on accusations of bribing lawmakers to gather support for the opposition lobbied motion of no confidence against the parliament speaker.

The meeting of the parliament’s petition committee scheduled for Monday morning has also been put on hold until MP Faris can attend, according to Henveiru North MP Abdulla Shahid. Faris is a member of the petition committee.

Speaker Abdulla Maseeh briefly held the parliament sitting scheduled for Monday under heavy protection from security forces while opposition lawmakers protested inside the chambers, calling for the speaker to step down. MP Faris was not escorted to the sitting.

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