The prosecutor general’s (PG) office is awaiting a case report from the criminal court to decide on appealing the acquittal of defence minister Moosa Ali Jaleel on terrorism charges.
The 10-day appeal period expired yesterday, but the PG media officer Hisham Wajeeh told Minivan News today that the High Court could accept appeals after the deadline if there is a valid reason.
“We only got the verdict. We couldn’t make a decision on the appeal without studying the points noted in the trial, which will be in the summary report,” he said.
The PG office will appeal if it believed there are valid grounds after studying the report, he said.
Five senior state officials were charged with terrorism and tried separately over the detention of criminal court chief judge Abdulla Mohamed in January 2012.
The court said there was insufficient evidence to prove the involvement of Jaleel, who was then-chief of defence forces.
Former president Mohamed Nasheed was meanwhile found guilty of terrorism last month and sentenced to 13 years in prison.
Then-defence minister Tholhath Ibrahim was also sentenced to 10 years in jail over the judge’s arrest.