Male, June 13 (AVAS): A Maldivian court on Wednesday sentenced former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Chief Justice Abdulla saeed and Justice Ali Hameed, to 19 months in prison after they were found guilty of “obstructing justice”.
They wee charged for refusing to hand over their mobile phones for a police investigation. They denied the charge. They were handed a prison term of one year, six months and six days.
Condemnation of the verdict was swift. Amnesty International’s Deputy South Asia Director Omar Waraich called the sentence “outrageous and politically motivated” while MP Eva Abdulla urged people to use their vote in September’s presidential elections to “end injustice.”
(The featured image at the top shows former Maldivian Supreme Court judge Ali Hameed, former President Gayoom, and former Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed)