Speaker Shahid to boycott JSC meetings should Fahmy participate

Speaker of Parliament Abdulla Shahid has warned President of the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) Adam Mohamed that he would boycott the commission’s meetings should Chair of Civil Service Commission (CSC) Mohamed Fahmy Hassan continue to be a part of it.

Shahid’s warning came shortly after Attorney General Aishath Bisham conceded during a meeting with Parliament’s Executive Oversight Committee (EOC) that any JSC meetings including Fahmy would have no legal effect.

In response to a question by the committee chair, opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MP Ali Waheed, Bisham insisted that Mohamed Fahmy Hassan would not have to be reinstated as chair of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) after the Supreme Court ruled that his removal by parliament was unconstitutional.

Fahmy was dismissed from his CSC post in November 2012 in a no-confidence vote in parliament following an inquiry by the Independent Institutions Committee into allegations of sexual harassment against a CSC employee.

Both Fahmy and the victim were summoned to the committee after the complaint was lodged in the first week of June.

Fahmy was alleged to have called the female staff member over to him, taken her hand and asked her to stand in front of him so that others in the office could not see, and caressed her stomach saying “It won’t do for a beautiful single woman like you to get fat.”

MPs voted 38-32 to approve the committee’s recommendation to remove Fahmy from the post.

The Supreme Court however ruled 6-1 in March 2013 that Fahmy would receive two punishments for the same crime if he was convicted at court following his dismissal by parliament (double jeopardy).

The Supreme court contended that the Independent Institutions Committee violated due process and principles of criminal justice procedure in dealing with the accused.

In a letter sent on Monday, Speaker of Parliament – who is by virtue of his position, a member of JSC – stressed that even though the chair of CSC is also by virtue of his position a member of JSC,  Fahmy cannot sit in JSC because he had been deposed from his position by parliament.

He added the parliament had informed President Mohamed Waheed Hassan about its decision.

“In that letter, when the parliament came to the decision [to remove Fahmy], then-Attorney General Aishath Azima Shukoor and current Attorney General Aishath Bisham stated that Mohamed Fahmy Hassan could not sit in JSC as the President of CSC as that position had become vacant with the parliament’s decision.”

“The Attorney General Aishath Bisham had also said that JSC meetings attended by Fahmy cannot be deemed legal, during the 46th committee meeting of parliament’s executive oversight committee on June 4, 2013,” Shahid wrote.

Therefore, Shahid claimed that he would not take part in any meetings attended by Fahmy.

Speaking to Minivan News on Monday JSC Media Official Hassan Zaheen confirmed receipt of the letter from Speaker Shahid but said he did not see the need for the commission discuss the matter as it was “not part of the commission’s mandate as per the law”.

Don’t put me in a trap – President Waheed

President Mohamed Waheed Hassan speaking on the issue said it was “very complicating” for him to make a decision about Fahmy.

Fahmy had previously claimed in the media that he would only take a decision on whether to continue being part of CSC  after President Waheed made a decision on the issue, claiming that it was the President who had given him the letter of appointment.

Instead of addressing the issue directly, Waheed, who appeared unwilling to address the matter during a press conference on Monday, told the media that Parliament and the Supreme Court were in dispute over the matter.

At such a complicated time, Waheed said, “Even individuals must help in resolving conflicts peacefully”.

“Always doing something that puts the President or the government in a trap is not a very good thing. I think the best thing to do at this time is let Fahmy take the initiative and decide on the matter. That is my position,” he said.

The parliament has meantime opened the opportunity for interested candidates to apply for the “vacant” position of CSC President.

Waheed however maintained that, prior to any appointments to the commission, the parliament should discuss the matter with the Supreme Court to avoid any further conflict.


4 thoughts on “Speaker Shahid to boycott JSC meetings should Fahmy participate”

  1. Why is Waheed even involved? Parliament appointed him and removed him. Fahmy should respect that decision.

  2. What Fahmy did was perfectly within Islamic Shariah. According to Holy Saudis, harassing a working woman is permitted if it will scare her into giving up employment and staying at home (where she belongs). Working women are a menace. They put themselves on sale and when those poor heterosexual men lose control, they have the audacity to blame the man. Shameless wh****. May Holy Allah gift Dhiveshitani women with hijab, shyness and obedience.

  3. Please lets bring back the best Auditor general we had ever who was removed from their by the Parliament as well.

  4. I am ashamed.

    Speaker Abdulla Shahid appears to be playing on public ignorance, misconstruing and confusing constitutional principles as observed to be a common practice of State powers and officials. The UN Special Rapporteur on Independence of Judges and Lawyers Ms Gabriella Knaul in her report to the Human Rights Council in May highlighted this a major concern and challenge.

    Speaker Shahid sits in the Judicial Service Commission as an ex-officio member under constitution Article 158(a).
    As understood, the Parliament (Majlis) is the highest oversight authority over all Independent State bodies. Hence, it is the duty of the Parliament to hold the Judicial Service Commission accountable for its impunity in inviting the impeached Civil Service Commission Chair Mohamed Fahmy Hassan to the Commission's sittings.
    It is upon Speaker Shahid to get Parliament to hold the JSC accountable, and therefore the Speaker removing himself from the matter by sending a protest letter to the Commission is, in my opinion, political propaganda. The fact of the matter is the Speaker is acting irresponsibly, disregarding his duty, and in doing so, indirectly providing the Commission to continue with its longtime treason and acts against the Constitution.
    To look at precedent in the Judicial Service Commission, a case comparable to the impeachment of Fahmy by Parliament is the removal of High Court appointed Justice Abdul Ghani Mohamed from JSC membership by a public statement to that effect signed by 3 of the 5 sitting High Court justices on 21 Jan 2010 which accused Justice Abdul Ghani of every possible misconduct in a judge/ JSC member.
    There was no record of any complaint against Justice Abdul Ghani lodged with the JSC which should have been informed, before the summary removal by a public declaration whose legitimacy itself was questionable.
    In the case of Abdul Ghani, the Judicial Service Commission barred Justice Abdul Ghani with immediate effect, and he was not only not invited to sittings but was informed by the Secretary General not to attend Commission.
    The dismissal of Justice Abdul Ghani would only take effect upon the President confirming it, and the President was yet to be officially informed by the JSC. Mujthaz was hiding the letter to the President and delaying signature!

    The matter of Justice Abdul Ghani Mohamed being barred from the Commission despite his removal not yet being confirmed, and the consensus to investigate the misconduct of the High Court 3 judges who colluded in the public defilement of a judge, the Chief Justice and the Chair of the JSC at the time, was raised by Member from Law Community Ahmed Rasheed who questioned the matter in the next sitting where Abdul Ghani did not appear. The Secretary General informed that the Chair had asked to remove Abdul Ghani from member list, not to invite him and to stop his participation in all Commission work.
    Fahmy case is a far clearer matter than Ghani's case and both these cases highlight the politics at play, and the absence of rule of law.
    I sent letters to JSC and Majlis 2010 to 2011, on the same issues the Speaker raise today, because I had no power to act, only to inform.
    Speaker Shahid is in a different position and is the one individual who bears responsibility and powers to hold the JSC accountable.
    Do you duty, and save the Constitution.
    Aishath Velezinee
    JSC member April 2009 to May 2011


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