High Court Judge Hassan Ali suspended from duties

High Court Judge Hassan Ali has been suspended from his duties.

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) made the decision to suspend Judge Hassan Ali during their meeting held Monday.

JSC stated that Judge Hassan Ali is being suspended due to the details disclosed in the report which the Presidential Commission on Murders and Enforced Disappearances prepared on the abduction and murder of Minivan News Journalist Ahmed Rilwan.

The commission's report said Hassan Ali, who was the Immigration Controller in 2014, had instructed two police intelligence officers to make a passport for Rilwan to make it appear that Rilwan was killed in Syria. While it is suspected that Judge Hassan Ali was involved in making fake travel documents in Rilwan's name, the judge has been suspended from his duties until further notice, said JSC.

JSC revealed that the Presidential Commission on Murders and Enforced Disappearances had notified about their investigation into the Judge Hassan Ali on Monday, leading to his suspension under the JSC Act as stated in Article 25.

JSC President Abdulla Areef, Vice President Masthooru Husny and commission members Abdul Rauf, Hisaan Hussain, Ali Shareef, Dr. Ali Shameem and Abdul Maniu were in attendance at Monday's meeting.

Judge Hassan Ali fulfilled several political positions during the tenure of former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom. Hassan Ali was removed from is post as the registrar of High Court in a sudden move and appointed as the Managing Director of state-owned Aasandha Company in 2017. He was later dismissed from the post and appointed to a political post at the Education Ministry before being appointed as a Hugh Court judge.