Protesters bar entry to courts after Civil Court’s Addu ruling

Protesters temporarily barred entry to the Justice Building of the Maldives last night, in response to the Civil Court’s ruling that the Addu city criteria were invalid, forcing the Elections Commission (EC) to cancel the local council election in Addu this Saturday.

Today the Department of Judicial Administration said that the court of Hulhudhoo in Addu Atoll was also locked this morning, and had to be opened with the assistance of police.

Local radio station SunFM reported Alhan Fahmy, a Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MP in Addu Atoll, as saying that he ”would not let courts in Addu to be opened.”

Fahmy was present at protests in Addu, SunFM reported, as Adduans expressed fury over the Civil Court ruling.

The Judicial Administration Department meanwhile said that it had requested additional security from police following media reports of further protests.

The department said it had informed police to provide security to magistrates, judges and courts and to investigate the attempts to obstruct the work of the courts.

Civil Court Judges Aisha Shujoon Mohamed, Hathif Hilmy and Ali Naseer examined the case, which was filed by Hassan Nasir of Annaaru Villa/Addu Atoll Hulhudhoo.

The Court ruled that the criteria established by the Local Government Authority – consisting solely of Home Minister Hassan Afeef – were invalid.

Establishing the criteria required majority of the board, the Court said, as “if a law requires a certain decision to be taken by a particular council or a committee, the decision should be taken by the majority of the council or the committee unless interpreted otherwise.”


6 thoughts on “Protesters bar entry to courts after Civil Court’s Addu ruling”

  1. what a joke is this mdp and its government, nothing better than gayyoom's administration, nobody is opposing to make addu a city, the difference is mdp wants to make the city even aginst the constitution where as others want to make it acoording to the constitution, sawad what kind of ag are you, if you have any principles you would resign now as most of your legal opinions are proving wrong,

  2. Most of the recent rulings of lower courts have been overturned by supreme court. Can anyone tell me what is delaying the activation of high court?

  3. this is not a case about one individual, this is about the majority of citizens in that region and laws are made to full fills its citizens needs. the constitution was made with a majority of the DRP MP's and still they are having the majority. DRP never believed they will loose power and the current government has to suffer when they do any good to the people.

  4. "laws are made to full fills its citizens needs" best thing I have heard in recent times, ganoonu. Only trouble is lawyers do not know this and their gang thinks they are their to dictate how life should be and then charge huge fees to interpret something they have written for others to not 'understand'. In a democracy, people are not wrong, laws and lawyers are.

  5. The building is useless if justice is not guarantied and should be demolished and given to homeless citizens. Our justice system is very flawed and full of corruption. We know these people have been affected by GIV (Gayyoom Influenced Virus) and their is no cure like HIV.


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