The son of jailed ex-president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was accused of unlawfully using the flag and logo of the Progressive Party of Maldives after his expulsion from it.
Closing defence arguments stressed that Faris was a member of the PPM when he used the party’s flag and logo at an opposition press conference.
Lawyers also argued that the testimonies of state witnesses were inconsistent. Some 47 defence witnesses were presented, but only five were allowed to testify.
At Wednesday’s hearing, Faris reiterated his concerns over the “unfair trial.”
“Is there any justice here?” he asked Judge Ibrahim Ali.
His lawyers previously objected to giving anonymity to state witnesses and slammed the Prosecutor General’s office for violating the criminal procedures law.
His father, who ruled the Maldives for three decades, has been jailed for obstruction of justice and handed a 19-month prison sentence. Gayoom is the half-brother of President Abdulla Yameen.
Faris’ sisters Dunya and Yumna have both resigned as ministers from Yameen’s cabinet.
However, Ghassan remains a state minister at the President’s Office. He has not spoken publicly or been seen with other family members and supporters who gathered outside the courthouse for Gayoom’s trial dates.
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Source URL: Maldives Independent