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Maldives: Lawyers Suood and Ali Hussain “temporarily suspended” from the courts

October 31, 2016

Lawyers Husnu Al Suood and Ali Hussain have been suspended from representing clients at any Maldives court.

According a statement issued by the Department of Judicial Administration on Monday, Supreme Court has decided to “temporarily” suspend both attorneys from representing clients at any court in the country.

It said that the bans were being imposed on the two for violating the sanctity of the courts, and that the bans will only be lifted after the investigation on the matter completes.

The statement said that the step was taken to protect the sanctity of the courts.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court issued a warning saying that lawyers violating the sanctity of the courts “will be temporarily or permanently” banned from the courts.

It said that individuals, including lawyers have been violating the sanctity of the courts, and that the necessary action will be taken against any lawyers proven to have done so.

Following the ban, Suood tweeted that the Supreme Court had “disbarred” him and that the “voice of justice and human rights cannot be silenced.” His tweet was re-tweeted by the U.S. Ambassador to the Maldives, Atul Keshap.




UK/Maldives: Amal Clooney Reportedly Receives Death Threats, Husband George Beefs Up Security

March 10, 2016

George Clooney and his wife Amal

(Cast member George Clooney and his wife Amal arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the movie ‘Hail, Caesar!’, during the opening gala of the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival, in Berlin, Germany February 11, 2016.)

George Clooney has reportedly been forced to step up security after his human rights lawyer wife Amal received death threats. She is currently receiving death threats for defending jailed former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed. The Clooneys have taken drastic measures to protect their mansion in Berkshire, U.K.

The couple has been advised not to travel without bodyguards and are being driven to restaurants. South Oxfordshire district councillor Paul Harrison, who has been involved in negotiations to beef up surveillance at the Clooneys’ home, said the security was for Amal rather than George. “From George’s point of view, the high-level legal work she does and the death threats she gets, it’s quite serious,” Harrison said.

The 54-year-old actor’s massive security plan for his Berkshire home has been rejected as it was thought to infringe the privacy of neighbors. The “Tomorrowland” actor had planned to set up six cameras but now it has been reduced to three. Also, the coverage of the cameras has now been reduced from 19.7 feet to 9.8 feet, which locals are reportedly happy with.

George’s concern for his 38-year-old wife is very valid in the wake of Amal’s co-counsel, Mahfooz Saeed being stabbed in the head outside his hotel in Male in September. The incident happened just before Amal Clooney visited Nasheed in the Maafushi prison.


UK/Maldives: Amal menacée de mort, George renforce la sécurité de leur maison

le 14 mars, 2016


Quand il s’agit de protéger son épouse en danger, George Clooney sort l’artillerie lourde. Selon des informations diffusées par la chaîne de télévision américaine Fox 11 Eyewitness News, son épouse, l’avocate en droit pénal international Amal Clooney, serait la cible de menaces de mort, en lien avec le dossier sur lequel la juriste libano-britannique travaille depuis plusieurs mois. Pour garantir sa sécurité, George aurait fait installer le must en système de vidéosurveillance dans leur demeure du Berkshire (Royaume-Uni).

Le dossier est effectivement un tantinet épineux. Rappel des faits : en septembre 2015, Amal s’est emparée de l’affaire Mohamed Nasheed, leader du Parti démocratique maldivien (MDP) et premier président des Maldives élu démocratiquement en 2008. La juriste le défend et demande la révision de son procès. Quatre ans après son élection, en 2012, l’homme avait été destitué au cours de ce qu’il considère comme un coup d’État, au profit de l’actuel président Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. Arrêté, Mohamed Nasheed a ensuite  été jugé en février 2015 pour terrorisme et condamné à treize ans de prison. Depuis, l’homme est surnommé le « Mandela des Maldives ».



Maldives: Jailed Maldives ex-pres’ attorney Amal gets death threats: reports

March 6, 2016

Nasheed (L) is pictured with Amal Clooney (R) in the UK. FILE PHOTO/ AFP

(Nasheed (L) is pictured with Amal Clooney (R) in the UK. FILE PHOTO/ AFP)

International legal counsel to jailed former president Mohamed Nasheed Amal Clooney has ramped up security after death threats, British media reported Sunday.

Nasheed was jailed for 13 years in March on terror charges related to the arrest of then Chief Criminal Judge Abdulla Mohamed when he was still president in 2012.

In addition to the former president’s local attorneys, he is represented by a high profile international legal team which includes legal heavyweights such as London-based human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, her fellow British attorney Ben Emmerson and her Washington based co-counsel Jared Genser.

In a report, British tabloid Metro.co.uk said it is thought that Amal Clooney, who is married to actor George Clooney, now has full-time security after receiving the worrying messages, even when she visits local restaurants just 300 yards from her house.


Maldives: Maldives police arrest judge for issuing warrant for president

February 8, 2016

Maldives police

Maldives police arrested a judge and former prosecutor general on Sunday for issuing an arrest warrant for current president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom [official profile] without police consent. Yameen’s spokesman identified[AP report] the arrested men as Judge Ahmed Nihan, a magistrate from near Male, and Muhthaz Muhsin, a prosecutor general removed by parliament last year. Nihan issued the warrant following allegations that Gayoom had been embezzling state funds. Police authorities claimed that the warrant was fraudulent because it did not originate from a police request. The police later released [Reuters report] Muhsin for unknown reasons.Mohamed Nasheed [official profile], former president and leader of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) [party website], accused the police of covering up Yameen’s corruption and urged them to uphold the law.


Maldives: arrest of Judge Ahmed Nihan further erodes judicial independence