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Maldivian President Nasheed’s legal woes increase

The Maldivian Civil Court today began rejecting all court cases answerable by the state. In a statement to the press, Ghazi Ahmed Ali the Acting Senior Judge in the Civil Court stated that, “Article 113 of the constitution clearly states the cases for which the Attorney General is required to represent the state. In the event the Attorney General is unable to represent the state, the Attorney General can appoint a state attorney to represent the state. However, the constitution does not allow representation by an Acting Attorney General nor by any person appointed by an Attorney General”.

This determination was unanimously taken by all the sitting judges of the Civil Court, Ghazi Ahmed Ali said.

President Nasheed yesterday sacked his Attorney General Diyana Saeed without any explanation to the public. However, he is reported to have threatened Diyana Saeed with removal from office, should she not stop publicizing her demands that Nasheed immediately stop his interference in the parliamentary elections, halt all actions contrary to the constitution and stop threatening civil servants with dismissal, transfer, or demotion if they did not support the MDP candidate.

President Nasheed yesterday also appointed Finance Minister Ali Hashim as acting Attorney General. This appointment brings to mind Nasheed’s much publicized accusation of the previous government of sending long jumpers to swimming tournaments. The Civil Court is right to be concerned about how a statistician and accountant would represent the state in legal matters.

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