JP press charges against Attorney General over SC order defiance

Jumhooree Party has pressed charges against Attorney General Mohamed Anil for his defiance on Supreme Court order to release jailed political leaders.

The Qasim Ibrahim led political party, had pressed charges against AG Anil at the top-court around the dawn of Friday.

Supreme Court had on late hours of Thursday, ordered the release of jailed political leaders immediately. Attorney General had said the order "was believed to have been a Supreme Court ruling," adding they were attempting to consult with the top court over it.

Hours after the Supreme Court ordered the relevant authorities to immediately release all jailed political leaders, the Attorney General (AG) Mohamed Anil flanked by the home minister, defence minister and army chief in a brief press briefing insisted that the government was now trying to verify the validity of the Supreme Court order.

"We haven't received any official confirmation from the Supreme Court thus far. We will of course need to verify the validity of the court order before we can enforce it," the AG insisted.

Charges pressed by Jumhooree Party alleged Attorney General of defying top-court order excusing with 'skeptical' elements in the court order document, stating it would be implemented only after a thorough assessment - therefore obstructing a direct order from Supreme Court.

Hussain Shihab, the international spokesperson of President Abdulla Yameen said the top-court order to release the jailed political members was passed without the involvement of both Attorney General and Prosecutor General, adding the government would "engage, and consult with, the Supreme Court in order to comply with the ruling in line with proper procedure and the rule of law."

Meanwhile police chief was sacked, riot police had fired tear gas to break up the opposition supporters gathered near the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) camp in the capital Male to celebrate the Supreme Court order.

AG said the police chief Ahmed Areef has been relieved from his post as president Yameen's repeated attempts to contact the police commissioner had failed.

Areef would be replaced by deputy police chief Ahmed Saudhee, Anil added.

The police chief's sacking came after police in a Tweet assured that it would abide by the court order and has kick-started efforts to release the jailed political prisoners.