President Solih ratifies fourth amendment to Criminal Procedure Act

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih ratifies the fourth amendment to Criminal Procedure Act on November 24, 2022. (Photo/President's Office)

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, on Thursday, has ratified the fourth amendment to the Criminal Procedure Act.

The amendment was passed by the Parliament at the 33rd sitting of its third session this year, held on November 7.

The amendment revises the procedures governing court warrants for imposing travel restrictions on suspects. It also revises the duration given to the Prosecutor General's Office to file charges and the policies governing plea agreements.

The amendment also includes provisions governing witness protection and procedures for acquiring the testimony of witnesses under protection. 

It also mandates the state to request witness protection if a witness's safety and security are jeopardized.

The amendment has now been published in the government gazette following ratification.