Criminal Court’s operations face major interruptions over water leak

Criminal Court. (File Photo/Sun/Fayaz Moosa)

The operations of Criminal Court faced major interruptions on Sunday after water leaked inside the premises amid heavy rain in Male’ City on Sunday.

A senior official from Criminal Court told Sun that water was leaking from everywhere on the court premises which has caused damage to the electricity view, resulting in electrical shorts.

The official stressed the leak had caused major interruptions to the operations of the court, adding court’s staff were in a state of fear.

“While the staff are in a state of fear, they are working in an environment that could threaten their lives,” the official said.

Criminal Court is based at an extremely old building. Prior to this, a pillar of the building had collapsed.

Department of Judicial Administration (DJA) has unsuccessfully undertaken various efforts to relocate Criminal Court.

The court had first been based at Justice Building before being shifted to the building next to Theemuge, the old presidential palace, during former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom’s administration over space constraints.

The greater Male’ area has seen uninterrupted rain since early Sunday morning subsequent to which most roads have been flooded.