Maldives arrests former judge, prosecutor general

Police in Maldives arrest former judge and prosecutor general over alleged involvement in fraudulent court order

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Police in Maldives arrest former judge and prosecutor general for allegedly involving fraudulent court order

Maldives police arrested a former judge and a prosecutor general for their alleged involvement in a fraudulent court order to arrest President Abdulla Yameen, a spokesman from the president's office said on Monday.

Presidential spokesman, Ibrahim Hussain Shihab, said that police arrested former Prosecutor General, Muhthaz Muhsin, and Judge, Ahmed Nihan, on Sunday night after an initial probe was completed.

According to the police, a group of people attempted to influence a judge to issue the warrant against Yameen.

"The warrant is fraudulent because it didn't originate from any official authority," Shihab said.

The judge was charged "for making an invalid court order under the name of the Maafushi Magistrate Court to arrest the president," according to his arrest warrant. 

The former Prosecutor, Muhsin, was released later. His lawyer said that there was "not an iota of evidence" to charge him.

Maldives which held its first multiparty election in 2008 has been struggling on its transition to democracy as its judiciary, police and bureaucracy were hand in glove with policy makers.


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