Maldives: Ex-judges and chief prosecutor released to house arrest

November 19, 2018

The release of political prisoners on the first day in office was a campaign pledge of President Solih.

Former chief justice Abdulla Saeed, former justice Ali Hameed, former prosecutor general Muhthaz Muhsin and former magistrate Ahmed Nihan have been released to house arrest as President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih formed a committee for the release of political prisoners.

The release of political detainees on the first day in office was a campaign pledge of the joint opposition candidate.

The former judges and chief prosecutor were transferred from the Maafushi prison Sunday night, the Maldives Correctional Service confirmed.

Saeed and Hameed are serving jail sentences of more than three years on two separate convictions. The former justices, who were arrested during a state of emergency in February after the Supreme Court ordered the release of jailed politicians, denied the “fabricated and politically-motivated” charges.


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