The Criminal Court has postponed the hearing to read the second verdict of local television channel Raajje TV’s journalist Mohamed Visam which was scheduled for Thursday.
Mihaaru understands that the hearing was delayed as the defendant’s witnesses had not signed their statements.
The court is yet to announce a new date for the verdict.
Mohamed Visam has been charged with two counts of obstructing police. He was fined MVR 28,000 in the first case, narrowly missing a jail sentence which could lead up to a term of four years.
The hearings of the second case, which charges him with entering a restricted area during a protest in March 2015, have ended. Should Visam be found guilty, the court may finalise his sentence on the day of verdict reading itself.
Visam, along with Raajje TV journalist Leevan Ali Nazeer, were both convicted of obstructing Police for attempting to stop policemen from arresting their CEO Hussain Fiyaz, who had been caught trespassing on Maafannu Stadium which the police had closed off in November 2015 to defuse an explosive device discovered near the presidential palace of Muliaage. Both journalists have appealed the court’s penalty.
In addition, Raajje TV’s cameraman Adam Zareer has also been sentenced to pay a fine of MVR 3,000 for obstructing police, while their CEO Fiyaz is undergoing a separate criminal trial for allegedly striking a policeman.