Pres Solih will not influence the courts, says Nasheed

Speaker of the Parliament and former President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed has said he is confident that no members of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), including President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, would exert influence on any courts.

Speaking to the press on Sunday, Nasheed said although he can trust MDP members, he cannot say the same for members of other parties. Nasheed made the statement in answer to a question asked by a reporter regarding allegations that President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's Chief of Staff, Ali Zahir influenced judges. Ali Zahir is a member of ruling coalition partner, Adhaalath Party.

Nasheed said he is positive that neither President Solih nor any other members of MDP would make calls to judges regarding court matters. However, calling judges regarding court cases may be a policy followed by other political parties, said Nasheed, assuring that MDP followed no such policies. Exerting influences on the judicial system is unacceptable, and the Judicial Service Commission is working to investigate such matters and take appropriate action, said Nasheed.