Civil Court rules in favour of former Police Superintendent Jinah in Gassan Maumoon suit

The Civil Court has ruled that the court was unclear of the role former Police Superintendent and head of the Drug Enforcement Department (DED) had played in obstructing the basic rights of Gassan Maumoon, following his arrest last year on suspicion of dropping a wooden plank from a six story building into a crowed of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) supporters.

Gassan Maumoon, son of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, filed the suit against Jinah after police arrested him on allegations that he had dropped the wooden plank into the MDP supporters, striking the head of a 17 year-old boy.

Police at the time said that the victim, Hussein Hassan of Thinadhoo in Gaaf Dhaal, had to undergo brain surgery to repair damage to his skull.

Civil Court Judge Aisha Shujoon ruled that the Police Integrity Commission (PIC), the oversight body of the police, had told the court that the case was lodged at the commission and that it had decided that Jianh did not have to take responsibility for Gassan’s arrest.

Chief Judge of the Criminal Court Abdulla Mohamed at the time ruled that his arrest was unlawful and ordered his immediate release, despite early evidence being produced to the court supporting police claims.

The Judicial Services Commission (JSC) had recently competed a report on Abdulla Mohamed detailing the judge’s misconduct, notably politically-biased comments given to opposition-aligned private broadcaster DhiTV. This would later lead to his detention by the military, opposition protests and ultimately the toppling of the Nasheed administration in a police and military mutiny on February 7 this year.

In his counter suit filed in the Civil Court, Gassan contended that the Criminal Court had ruled that the arrest was unlawful and requested the court make Jinah take responsibility for his unlawful arrest, and pay him compensation.

At a press briefing at the time, Superintendent Jinah said police wished to “reveal the truth” about the incident as “deliberately false allegations have been made against police using the media” to bring the institution into disrepute, and “relentless attempts” had been made to cast aspersions on police and its senior officers by members of the then-opposition.

Police at the time exhibited video footage of a wooden pole thrown from above injuring the 17 year-old during the MDP protest against judicial corruption, which took place outside former President Gayoom’s residence, Maafanu Endherimaage.


6 thoughts on “Civil Court rules in favour of former Police Superintendent Jinah in Gassan Maumoon suit”

  1. The judge did rule in Jinah's favour. But the judge did not decide so because PIC 'told' the court so. I read the decision on the civil court website. She gives several reasons for the decision - the PIC investigation being just one of those.

  2. It was a Jinni who throw that wooden plank. Prince Gahsaan was innocent. Kangaroo courts in Banana Republic only convict common people. Political Elites and Royal family members are above the law.

  3. Superintendent of Police Mr. Jinaah, you are total disgrace to the your blood. You have taken part in oppressing your own blood. Rather you have driven a stake at my heart and made me handicapped of life!

  4. I think Jianh is a Chinese name and I refuse to believe that the MPS currently employs any Chinese nationals.

    Also if Aisha Shujoon delivers her rulings based on hearsay as the Lord Chief Commander of Law and Jurisprudence Ahmed Nazeer claims, then why did the UN actually appoint her to a post in the largest international organization in the world.

    Naz please! Show some class and write propaganda like a pro. HellooooooO!!!!

  5. Yes in this country the likes of Gayoom family are angels, no one can touch them. Or the courts nor anyone,it's a small miracle that the police guy had not been held personally responsible for inconveniencing Gayoom's son.


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