Criminal Court Judge Hassan Saeed retires

Criminal Court Judge Hassan Saeed has retired after 21 years of service.

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on Sunday accepted Judge Saeed's retirement. The commission acknowledged and thanked him for his valuable service to the judiciary.

The judge retired amid several disciplinary issues being investigated against him. His retirement comes while the Judge's Appeals Board ruled on April 20 that he was wrongfully suspended in the JSC's latest disciplinary case against him.

The JSC most recently suspended the judge when it was proven that he had conducted himself wrongfully during his tenure as the Chief Judge of the Family Court in 2018 when he sent Family Court employees abroad to perform a marriage ceremony. The JSC also heard a case against Hassan Saeed for ordering the release of former Tourism Minister Ali Waheed's passport and allowing him to leave the Maldives while a case was being investigated against him. The case was referred to the JSC by the Prosecutor General's Office.

Earlier in February 2016, the JSC suspended Hassan Saeed for two years and five months for making remarks about two Criminal Court judges during a meeting with the staff of the Family Court. Hassan Saeed was transferred from the Family Court to the Criminal Court after the JSC heard a case against him and gave advice.

When a judge retires without being proven guilty of misconduct, the state will provide him with a monthly allowance based on his salary and service. If he has children under the age of 18, the state will provide health insurance for them and their spouse.