PG withdraws terrorism charges on Gayyoom trio

The Prosecutor General's Office (PG) has withdrawn the terrorism charges against former president, Maumoon Abdul Gaayyoom, his son, MP Faris Maumoon and son-in-law Mohamed Nadeem.

The three men were charged with terrorism on allegations of conspiring a coup, following the happenings of the 1st of February 2018, where an extra-ordinary order was issued by the Supreme Court to release several political prisoners.

The Prosecutor General's Office informed them they have decided not to move forward with the charges of terrorism in the bribery case against them. The case has been sent back to the police, said PG.

PG Office has also withdrawn charges against Kinbidhoo MP Abdulla Riyaz, and the Commissioner of Police at the time of the Supreme Court ruling, Ahmed Areef. The preliminary court hearings of all five cases were previously concluded by the court.

Bribery charges against MP Faris were also withdrawn earlier this month.

Former topcourt judges, Abdulla Saeed and Ali Hameed, and Macchangolhi South MP Abdulla Sinan and Dhangethi MP Ahmed Ilham were also charged for their involvement in the same case, on accusations of bribery and plotting to topple the government. It has not been reported whether their charges have been lifted yet.

The island nation was embroiled in fresh political turmoil after the Supreme Court on February 1 ordered the immediate release of jailed political leaders including then self-exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed.