Legal Politics

Ex-pres’ absence again forces court to cancel hearing

Former President Mohamed Nasheed PHOTO:AFP

The Criminal Court cancelled the second hearing of Former President Mohamed Nasheed’s second terrorism charge case, which was scheduled for Wednesday, as he was not present at court.

The state pressed terrorism charges against Nasheed this year for arresting and arbitrarily detaining incumbent President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom in July 2010 during the former’s administration. The former president has already been convicted on terrorism charges for the arbitrary detention of a judge during his regime for which he is sentenced to 13 years in jail. Nasheed had fled to the United Kingdom where he has been living under political asylum for over a year.

He is currently on a visit to Sri Lanka.

The court had cancelled the first hearing of Nasheed’s second terrorism charge last month as well due to a delay in delivering the court summons.

According to the Constitution, hearings of criminal trials cannot proceed in the absence of the defendant.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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