Kulhudhuffushi-dhekunu MP Mohamed Nasheed has criticised his fellow lawyers on his personal blog, alleging that they assist criminals in covering up crimes, work closely with gangs, and intimidate witnesses, reports local media.
A recent report by the Asia Foundation highlighted the strong links between politicians, businessmen and Male’s numerous gangs.
“Due to lawyers’ influence, people often refuse to provide statements, or wish to revise previous statements, or say that they do not wish to provide statements, or travel abroad to avoid the Court process,” he wrote.
Nasheed argued that recording conversations between lawyers and clients could alleviate some of these problems.
“I am not a criminal defence lawyer. However, when the sunset bill was made, I listened to senior members of relevant state institutions discuss ways to address the challenges faced due to crime in the society,” said Nasheed.
“One and a half years later, they are still discussing the same thing. This article was based on the information obtained from them,” he added.