Judicial Reform

Judge Ghanee's dismissal case scheduled for Wednesday

Former President and Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed has revealed that Supreme Court justice Abdul Ghanee Mohamed's dismissal issue will be included in the agenda for Wednesday's parliament sitting.

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) suspended the judge and recommended the parliament to dismiss him from his post last week.

Speaking at Tuesday's sitting, Speaker Nasheed acknowledged that the case was received at the parliament, and said it will be announced during Wednesday's assembly.

After presenting the issue to the parliament floor, it will be forwarded to the Judiciary Committee for review. A judge can be dismissed only after debating the issue on the parliament floor after the committee presents their report, and if majority of parliament members taking part in the vote are in favour of dismissing the judge.

If Judge Ghanee is dismissed, all Supreme Court justices who were on the bench when the new government began administration would have been removed. Speaker Nasheed said even if there is a complete change in the bench, he does not believe the judiciary will be reformed just yet. Nasheed noted the need to closely monitor and further enhance the judicial system.

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) moved to suspend Justice Abdul Ghanee Mohamed and pursue his dismissal last Wednesday.The judge was suspended for a period of 60 days before the commission's decision to pursue his dismissal was announced.

The judge was being investigated over unlawful decisions made by the Supreme Court. JSC said the judge had presented himself to the commission for investigation.

Three Judges have been dismissed since the current government began administration in November 2018. Chief Justice Dr. Ahmed Abdulla Didi and Judge Adam Mohamed have been dismissed from their post as well as Abdulla Didi.