Ahmed Muizzu a prominent lawyer has labeled the decision of the Supreme Court to release several inmates who were serving sentences levied by different tires of the judicial system on first February 2020 as a legally insensible order.
Muizzu who was the first Prosecutor General of Maldives and a member of the current executive committee of Maldives Bar Council made these comments in a tweet responding to former Chief Justice Dr. Ahmed Abdulla Didi’s tweet regarding the first February order. Dr. Ahmed Abdulla Didi’s tweet refuted the claims of justices being apprehended by police after entering the court by removing its roof.
In his tweet, the former Chief Justice described the first February order as an act of rebellion against a legitimate government in collaboration with several justices of the Supreme Court. He also called on the authorities to investigate those who were suspected in the case.
The opposition at the time of the order had demonstrated calling to follow the unanimous ruling of the 5 justices of the Supreme Court. Subsequently, according to social media, several politicians who were in self-exile prepared to return to the country believing that the government would change in the aftermath of the ruling.
Muizzu noted that the ruling in question was a unanimous decision taken by the 5 Justices of the Supreme Court and that these 5 justices should be accountable for the ruling and the events that occurred in its aftermath.
The previous administration alleged that the court order was released via a deal made with then Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Justice Ali Hameed and the opposition. Former President Maumoon and his son Faris Maumoon were arrested on suspicion of dealing with the 2 justices.