Parliament’s Government Oversight Committee has decided to summon Criminal Court Chief Judge Abdulla Mohamed to clarify details regarding the controversial transfer of power on February 7, 1012.
Speaking to the press today Committee Chair, Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MP Ali Waheed, said the committee made the decision as a part of its probe into the CoNI report.
Ali Waheed said that the committee needed to ask Judge Abdulla Mohamed how the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) treated him during his detention.
The committee also summoned Chair of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) Adam Mohamed, who is also a Supreme Court Justice, as well as Home Minister Dr Ahmed Jameel and Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim.
In addition, the committee also summoned the Prosecutor General, and heads of the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) and Police Integrity Commission (PIC) to clarify information.
The committee has furthermore decided to write to the Home Ministry and Defence Ministry asking them to forward a list of names of officers who violated laws on Februry 7, 8, 9, 2012, and to send a list of officers who were promoted to higher ranks after the controversial transfer of power.
All the the decisions made by the committee today were part of its ongoing investigation into the controversial transfer of power and the CoNI report.
Meanwhile, the government has decided not to comply with any summons send by the parliament government oversight committee to cabinet ministers and government senior officials if it is regarding the investigation into the CoNI report.
The government has previously alleged that the committee’s probe into the CoNI report was against its mandate.
Attorney General (AG) Aishath Azima Shakoor previously issued a letter to the Majlis Speaker Abdulla Shahid stating that the investigation was a violation of Parliamentary rules of procedure, local media reported.
Criminal Court Chief Judge Abdulla Mohamed was arrested by the MNDF on the evening of Monday, January 16, 2012, in compliance with a police request.
Prosecutor General (PG) Ahmed Muizz lately joined the High and Supreme Courts in condemning MNDF’s role in the arrest as unlawful, and requesting that the judge be released.
The judge was released on the afternoon of February 7. Following his resignation, the Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for the former president.