Judiciary Committee approves to dismiss Chief Justice, top court judge

The Parliament's Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved to dismiss Chief Justice Dr Ahmed Abdulla Didi and Supreme Court Justice Adam Mohamed Abdulla as per the recommendation made by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

The two separate cases were forwarded to the Judiciary Committee on Thursday after which the committee deliberated on the matter later the same afternoon. The committee reviewed whether JSC's decision to pursue the judges' dismissal were in line with the rules and regulations and followed due procedure.

JSC earlier on Wednesday suspended the two judges for a period of sixty days following investigation into 15 instances where the Supreme Court delivered unlawful rulings.

JSC said while the alleged misconduct of the two judges are being investigated, the judges do not conduct themselves in the manner expected of judges. While actions that are in violation of the expected standard of judges have been proven against the judges, the commission is seeking the removal of the two justices through the Parliament, said JSC.

The members of the Judiciary Committee Thursday said JSC acted correctly in recommending the dismissal of the judges. All six members present at the committee voted to dismiss the judges.

Following the committee's decision, the matter will once again be presented to the parliament floor for voting. The law states that a judge can be dismissed only if the parliament vote against the individual in question.

Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed has announced that a decision will be made regarding the judges' dismissal during Monday's parliament sitting.