President Dr Mohamed Waheed has appointed Judicial Administration Spokesperson Latheefa Gasim as his representative on the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
A statement from the President’s Office said Waheed presented the letter of appointment to Latheefa Gasim this afternoon, after she took an oath of JSC membership administered by Supreme Court Justice Abdulla Areef.
Waheed’s previous representative, Mohamed ‘Reynis’ Saleem was removed from his post last week following a police investigation into his alleged use of gangs for the purposes of extortion.
The lower courts threw out a police request for a warrant to arrest Saleem, a decision which was upheld by the High Court on appeal.
The JSC is the watchdog body charged with overseeing the professional and ethical conduct of the judiciary, and has faced sharp criticism both locally and internationally over its lack of independence and politicisation.