High Court upholds sentencing of woman for being accomplice to son’s drugs business

The High Court of the Maldives has upheld a Criminal Court verdict to sentence Majidha Adam to 25 years imprisonment, after she was found guilty of being an accomplice to her son’s trade of illegal drugs.

The High Court ruling stated that she had given Rf 5000 (US$342) to her son to run his drug trade.

Majidha claimed in court that she had a mental illness, but the Criminal Court had not considered it in concluding the case, the High Court said.

According to the High Court the case was first lodged in the Criminal Court on 25 June 2007 and was concluded in November 2007.

On April 26, 2007, Majidha gave a statement to police stating that her son Ahmed Ihusan, studying at grade nine at the time, that she was aware that he was trading illegal drugs and that she provided funds for him to run the business on several occasions, the High Court’s ruling said.

The statement was however not signed by Majidha. Four senior police officers who investigated the case told the Criminal Court that the statement was as she gave it and no changes were brought to it, although she has declined that it was the same as the statement she wrote.

The High Court said Majidha has produced to the High Court a doctor’s statement that she had a mental illness, but that this was after the date the Criminal Court concluded the case. It dismissed the statement as the document was not produced to the Criminal Court at the time.

Majidha reportedly told the police that she was aware that Ihusan sold illegal drugs and that he kept it running by reinvesting the profits.

The High Court also ruled that the case was filed before the new constitution was ratified and so the courts had to follow the laws followed at the time.