HRCM instructed to form regulation within 30-days

Prosecutor General Hussain Shameem at a press conference on February 12, 2020. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

The Prosecutor General’s Office has allocated 30-days for the Human Rights Commission to form the regulation which is to be formed by law enforcement authorities under the Criminal Procedure Code of the Maldives.

The PG office gave the HRCM 30-days to form the regulation and publish it on the government gazette after the Commission failed to formulate the regulation.

Article (211), section (A) of the Criminal Procedure Code reads that in order to attain the full purpose of the law, regulations regarding investigations are to be formed by law enforcement authorities. The regulations are to be formed within a period of three months. 

The Criminal Procedure Code came into effect in July 2017. 

Public Prosecutor Ahmed Shafeeu said that HRCM has still not formulated the regulation. So under the powers granted to the PG office in Article (223) of the Constitution, the office had instructed the HRCM to form the regulation within 30-days. 

Article (223) stipulates the powers and responsibilities of the PG office. Section(D) of the article states that it was the responsibility of the PG office to ensure investigations in criminal matters are conducted accordingly with the law.