Young women, court officials, religious experts and the son of a woman who was flogged speak to Minivan News about the controversial punishment, now under scrutiny following the sentencing of a 15 year-old rape victim to 100 lashes for a separate offence of fornication.
“By the will of Allah, the Supreme Court bench will prevail as long as the Maldives remains a democracy. The bench cannot be changed. A change to the Supreme Court bench can only be brought if a judge’s position becomes vacant,” declared Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz Hussain.
Rejecting the case, the court claimed it did not have jurisdiction to look into the matter.
Former President Mohamed Nasheed’s legal team filed a case with the High Court today (March 24) regarding the deferment of the Hulhumale’ Magistrate Court criminal case until after the September presidential election.
Deputy Tourism Minister Mohamed Maleeh Jamaal has meanwhile been reported in local media as saying that the Avaaz campaign was an attempt by the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party and “media groups” to destroy tourism in the Maldives and wreak havoc on the economy.
“We were forced to park the bill because [Jameel] could not spare us time. We are waiting for an opinion from him. Therefore, before opening his mouth to condemn parliament, he must look back at his own actions,” said MP Nasheed.
“I have been accused of holding large sums of money in different accounts. I’m not responding to these allegations. But the people who work with me need public confidence,” the PPM presidential candidate stated.
Maldivian civil society is holding Earth Hour events today (March 23) to highlight the urgent need to take action against climate change and care for the environment, while the Ministry of Environment and Energy “facilitates”.
Parliament has sent a notice to Majlis-appointed member to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), Gasim Ibrahim, regarding a case to remove him from his post.