Several parliamentarians from ruling MDP have accused Prosecutor General Aishath Bisham of engaging in multiple wrongdoings during the former administration, and has called for her immediate dismissal.
The accusations were aired during the debated on an amendment to the Prosecutor General’s Act proposed by North Henveyru MP Ibrahim Muizzu this Thursday.
Kendhikulhudhoo MP Ahmed Easa alleged that the Prosecutor General’s Office, during former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s administration, made illegitimate use of its powers to fabricate evidence and persecute politicians.
“We need to take necessary action to address this, carry out the necessary investigations against the Prosecutor General and other staff who took part in this, and prosecute them,” said Easa.
He said that remedying blatant wrongdoings was necessary to establish justice.
He said that wrongdoings must be remedied irrespective of the person involved.
Easa said that the lack of action against Bisham, despite the numerous accusations against her, had become an issue of public concern.
He said that the Parliament, as representatives of the people, had a duty to address the concerns.
“I call on this Parliament today. Dismiss the person serving as Prosecutor General as soon as possible, and appoint an honest and loyal person who will run the institution with independence. I call on this Parliament to do this as soon as possible,” said Easa.
Funadhoo MP Mohamed Shahid said that the wrongful actions of the Prosecutor General’s office during Yameen’s administration had resulted in multiple innocents being jailed.
He said the harm due to the wrongful actions were suffered no just by the people ‘incriminated’, but their families as well.
Kaashidhoo MP Abdulla Jabir expressed unhappiness over Bisham continuing to serve as Prosecutor General.
“The Prosecutor General did whatever was asked of her by Yameen. And this same Prosecutor General continues to serve for the current President. This is astounding,” said Jabir.
Holhudhoo MP Yoonus Ali said that Bisham’s actions over the past few years had tarnished her reputation, and warned the next official who is appointed Prosecutor General not to follow in her footsteps.
Manadhoo MP Ahmed Haroon voiced concern over delays in charges against criminals, and said that the issue would be remedied if the Prosecutor General became more responsible.