A well-known activist of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Hussein Ilham of Happy Side in Galolhu, and his brother Abdulla Irushad, have been sentenced for contempt of court by Judge Aisha Shujoon Mohamed.
Ilham was sentenced for three months while his brother received one month under Article 88(a) of the Penal Code for disrespecting the court.
The judge said that Hussein Ilham and Abdulla Irushad disrespected the court during an ongoing case involving real estate, and that there were people who had entered the court without being presented.
The verdict does not mention whether they both interrupted or if they were presented to the court.
Chairperson for MDP Mariya Ahmed Didi did not respond to Minivan News at time of press.
Vice president of opposition Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) Umar Naseer said that he was not surprised to hear that an MDP activist was sentenced.
”I am surprised to hear that they have been free all this time,” Umar said.
He said the judicial system was a very independent system and claimed ”MDP is trying to hijack it.”
He also accused all MDP members of”drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana.”
Press Secretary for the President’s Office Mohamed Zuhair said he was sorry to hear the news, but said he did not believe that it would bring the party’s reputation into disrepute.
”The judiciary system needs to be reformed,” he said, ”it needs more qualified and disciplined judges.”