Police accused Maumoon of destroying evidence, lawyer claims

Lawyer Hussain Shameem speaking to the press / MIHAARU FILE PHOTO

Lawyer Hussain Shameem speaking to the press / MIHAARU FILE PHOTO

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s lawyer Hussein Shameem announced Monday that police sought to charge the former president with destroying evidence over a mobile phone.

Speaking at a press conference held at the home of the former president, his team of lawyers revealed that police accused Gayyoom of destroying a mobile phone considered as evidence. Gayoom’s legal team, however, had refuted the claims.

Lawyer Shameem also noted that it is the contents of the mobile phone, and not the phone itself that is considered as evidence.

The former president, Chief Justice Abdullah Saeed and Judge Ali Hameed were arrested under the state of emergency declared by President Abdulla Yameen earlier last month, after the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling to free nine high-profile political prisoners. The three have been accused of  bribing officials of the state, and conspiring to overthrow the government via the top court.

Police announced earlier that the cases against the three have been forwarded to the Prosecutor General’s Office.

Six others were also accused of the same offences, including Maumoon’s lawmaker son Faris Maumoon and son-in-law Mohamed Nadeem, and Ali Hameed’s wife.

Police previously claimed to have obtained evidence to prove Maumoon, MP Faris and Nadeem bribing the justices of the Supreme Court and some members of the parliament to stage the alleged “coup”.

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