Gayoom's MP son asks top court to ensure fair trial

Deposed ruling party leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom's lawmaker son Faris Maumoon has asked for the Supreme Court's intervention to ensure him a fair trial.

Deposed ruling party leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom's eldest son has been at the forefront of the ongoing government crackdown on the opposition after he spearheaded a move to unseat the parliament speaker last year.

The Dhiggaru MP had spent six months in pre-trial detention after he was charged with bribing fellow lawmakers to back the opposition led censure motion against the speaker.

Less than two days after he was released, police again took him into custody accusing him of plotting to overthrow the government.

Faris has raised question marks surrounding his trial insisting that the judge presiding over his case along with the prosecution have violated regulation, the constitutional and the criminal procedure code.

The lawmaker has asked the Supreme Court to issue a writ of prohibition to ensure the protection of his constitutional rights during the trial.