G. A. Maamendhoo chief magistrate Ahmed Shukoor, who campaigned for former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom in the 2018 presidential elections, resigned on Tuesday, in face of an impending parliamentary vote to dismiss him.
Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has announced Shukoor tendered his resignation earlier this Tuesday.
JSC, following an investigation into multiple allegations of misconduct against Shukoor, made a formal request with the Parliament for his dismissal on Sunday.
The Parliament’s Judiciary Committee, which reviewed the request, voted in favor of Shukoor’s dismissal on Monday.
JSC found Shukoor guilty of four cases of misconduct.
One of the allegations that JSC found him guilty of is that he met with attorney of a suspect who Shukoor has a personal connection to at a restaurant in G. A. Vilingili on the day the Vilingili Magistrate Court was scheduled to make a decision regarding his remand and accepted an envelope handed over to him by the attorney. He had been working as a magistrate at the Vilingili Magistrate Court at the time.
The second allegation he was found guilty of is that he attended a meeting held at a private residence in G. A. Vilingili with several former judges during the 2018 presidential elections and expressed his support for then-President Yameen and campaigned to gather votes for him.
The third allegation he has been found guilty of is that he made political statements while in a café in G. A. Vilingili in September 2018 and asked for votes for Yameen.
The fourth allegation he has been found guilty of is that he shared his decision regarding the remand of terror suspects arrested from G. A. Kolamaafushi with the police prior to their remand hearing at the G. A. Vilingili Magistrate Court, and acted in contravention of judicial standards during the hearing.
Shukoor’s resignation comes with him under investigation by JSC for eight additional allegations of misconduct.