President reaffirms commitment to rule of law

Speaking in his weekly radio address over the weekend, President Mohamed Nasheed reaffirmed his commitment to the rule of law.

The Maldives government recently came under heavy criticism internationally for its nine day detention of People’s Alliance (MP) Abdulla Yameen in the Presidential Retreat of Aarah, after accusing him of vote-buying and treason. The Civil Court last week ruled that this action was unconstitutional.

Speaking in his radio address, President Nasheed expressed concern over the misuse of laws and the courts, claiming that “some politicians think of laws or even the courts as political tools”.

“The expectation of laws is compliance, and the expectation from decisions by courts is that people could have confidence in them,” he added.

Nasheed claimed that using laws for the wrong purposes undermined the rule of law and made them useless.

The President also discussed the historical significance of the day, the 17th of Ramadan, on which the Battle of Badr took place. The Battle of Badr is considered a key battle in the early days of Islam and a turning point the Prophet Mohamed’s struggle with his opponents among the Quraish in Mecca.