Terror charges against ex-Chief Justice, Sinan, Ilhaam withdrawn

Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed gestures as he boards a speedboat for transportation back to detention after a hearing. (Sun Photo/Mohamed Afrah)

Prosecutor General’s Office has withdrawn the terrorism charges against former Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed, South Machangolhi MP Abdulla Sinan and Dhangethi MP Ilhaam Ahmed.

Saeed, Sinan and Ilhaam were charged under the Anti-Terrorism for conspiring to overthrow the Maldivian government in 2018.

PG Aishath Bisham has confirmed the decision to drop the charges against the three.

Bisham reports they were informed of the decision to dismiss the charges last week.

Former Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed has additional charges pressed against him; exercising undue influence in carrying out a legal duty, bribery, and obstruction of justice following the Supreme Court order to free detained politicians on February 1, 2018.

He is currently serving a four-month and 24-day sentence for undue influence, and a three-year, seven-month and four-day sentence for obstruction of justice.

Terrorism charges have also been withdrawn against former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Dhiggaru MP Ahmed Faris, Mohamed Nadheem, and Kinbidhoo MP Abdulla Riyaz.