Ex-pres files case against state attorney at Supreme Court

Former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has filed a disciplinary case against the state attorney Aishath Mohamed at the Supreme Court.

Attorney Aishath Mohamed is the state prosecutor in former president Yameen's money laundering trial.

A letter sent by the former president addressed to Chief Justice Dr. Ahmed Abdulla Didi said he was filing the motion as Prosecutor Aishath Mohamed had lied during the remand hearing in Yameen’s money laundering trial.

At the hearing held at Criminal Court, lawyer Aishath Mohamed had stated that bribes were offered to change the testimony of state witnesses. However, at the High Court hearing, Aishath Mohamed had said it is not known that bribes were offered to influence witness testimonies, said the letter.

It has been reported that the complaint was filed by President Yameen at the Supreme Court last week.

The first hearing in President Yameen's money laundering trial was televised live on local channels last Sunday. This was the first time a hearing was aired on live television.

Chief Judge of the Criminal Court Ahmed Hailam presided over the bench. Opposing Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and Peoples National Congress (PNC) have expressed concern that former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom's money laundering trial is being overseen by a single judge instead of a panel of judges.