Multiple Court proceedings were disrupted this morning by a power failure at the justice building in which a number of courts are based .
Speaking to local news outlet CNM, a media official from the Criminal Court said that the power failure happened between 10am and 11:30am this morning.
“Some of the cases were cancelled today because it was impossible to continue the court proceedings during the power failure,” said the official.
Twenty different hearings were scheduled at the Criminal Court alone during the period of the power failure, including a hearing on the murder of Abdul Muheeth (Bobby), a 21-year-old who was stabbed to death near the finance ministry in 2012 in a case of mistaken identity.
Police have arrested a Maldivian journalist while he was taking photographs outside the justice building on Tuesday morning (March 26).
SunMV journalist, Ahmed Azif, was taken into police custody after contesting claims by police that he could not take photographs without displaying press identification, local media reported.
Maldives Media Council (MMC) and Maldives Journalist Association (MJA) have since condemned the arrest of the journalist, calling for all parties to refrain from actions that might hinder freedom of the press.
A statement from MJA reads: “While it is not prohibited to take photographs near the justice building by a journalist or anyone else, arresting a journalist for taking pictures in the area is a deliberate act to instigate fear among journalists.”
SunMV has claimed that Azif had been picked out by police from a number of journalists standing outside the justice building.