Latheef raises questions on submitting Suood's name for top court judgeship

Chairman of main ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) Hassan Latheef has raised questions on how the Presidential Commission Investigating Murders and Enforced Disappearances will continue their work if its Chairperson, Husnu-al-Suood is appointed to the Supreme Court.

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has opened for application for the two vacant posts on the Supreme Court bench. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Thursday submitted the former attorney general's name, and that of High Court Judge Abdul Rauf Ibrahim to JSC as his nominations for the posts.

Hassan Latheef has questioned the president's nomination, asking what would happen to the work of the presidential commission if Suood is appointed, as the commission's work was still ongoing.

"Goodness! If Suood is appointed to the Supreme Court before the Commission on Murders and Enforced Disappearances conclude their work, what will become of the commission?," he questioned.

President Solih established a presidential commission on the first day of his tenure to investigate murders and enforced disappearances. While the commission is investigating several cases, the final reports of only two cases have been prepared thus far. They are the cases of former Ungoofaaru MP Dr. Afrasheem Ali's murder and that of student and model, Raudha Athif's death. Both reports have been rejected by the families of the deceased, with many questioning the findings of the report.