Legal Politics

DJA lifts suspension of remaining lawyers

Lawyers at Supreme Court

The 54 lawyers who signed the petition lined up in front of the Supreme Court. PHOTO / MIHAARU

The Department of Judicial Administration (DJA) on Tuesday night revoked the suspension of the rest of the lawyers, who were suspended last year over submitting a petition to the Supreme Court raising concerns over the judicial system, and calling to uphold the rule of law.

DJA had indefinitely suspended 54 legal representatives who had submitted the petition last September 10, declaring that the lawyers had gathered at the Supreme Court unlawfully and obstructed the independence of the whole justice system. Further, it had alleged that the lawyers were in violation of the Judicature Act, the lawyers’ pledge, regulations to prevent contempt of court, and the regulations of the Supreme Court.

It marked the biggest mass suspension of legal advocates in the history of the Maldives.

However, the administration had been investigating and revoking the suspensions of the lawyers since then. On Tuesday night, they lifted the bans of the remaining legal advocates, which included several high profile names such as:

  • Hassan Latheef – chairperson of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)
  • Anas Abdul Sattar – secretary general of MDP
  • Mariya Ahmed Didi – Machangolhi North MP and member of MDP
  • Ali Hussain – Kendhoo MP
  • Imthiyaz Fahmy – Maafannu North MP
  • Mahfooz Saeed – member of MDP

DJA had also revoked the suspension of former attorney general, Husnu al-Suood, on Monday.

It can be noted that the last of the lawyers to be removed from suspension are all opposition-aligned.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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