Judge Ahmed Hailam of the Criminal Court announced on Sunday that the trials for six out of the nine individuals charged with terrorism following the alleged coup in early February will be held together.
The state has charged former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom, his son in law Mohamed Nadheem, Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Judge Ali Hameed of the Supreme Court, former Commissioner of Police Ahmed Areef, Dhiggaru MP Faris Maumoon, Dhangethi MP Ilham Ahmed, Machangoalhi South MP Abdulla Sinan and Kinbidhoo MP Abdulla Riyaz in the case.
Although the charges for Maumoon, Abdulla Saeed, Ali Hameed, Faris, Sinan and Ilham were submitted in the same form, their preliminary hearings are being held separately.
The charges against Areef, Nadheem and Riyaz were submitted together and currently, their preliminary hearings are ongoing as well.
Judge Hailam noted that once the preliminary hearings are done, their trials will be held together.
If they are convicted, they are likely to face a jail sentence of 17 to 20 years.
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