Male’ , Maldives – The Maldivian Parliament, earlier today, approved the dismissal of Juvenile Court Judge Abdul Bari Yoosuf and after 67 MP’s voted for his dismissal.
Judicial Service Commission (JSC) submitted the motion to Parliament for the dismissal of Judge Bari at the beginning of this month.
JSC stated that judge Bari, who they suspended on December 12 of last year, was under investigation for acquiring monetary gain from the high profile Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) corruption scandal.
JSC added that Bari was involved in a business venture from May 2014 to February 2018 and had failed to state the revenue received from the said business in his asset declaration from submitted to JSC.
JSC Investigations also revealed that Bari maintained a close relationship with former vice president, Ahmed Adeeb, who is currently serving a 20 year jail sentence due to his involvement in the MMPRC case.
It was also disclosed that the judge had sent a copy of the former President Mohamed Nasheed’s prison sentence on terrorism charges to Adeeb, before it was officially announced, and that Adeeb had given MVR 500,000 to the judge around this time.
JSC also has said that during Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s presidency, judges that settled cases in favour of the state received various bonuses.
Owing to this, it was revealed there was an agreement to provide Bari with an apartment, under his wife’s name. Bari also paid MVR 600,000 in advance for another apartment, which the JSC say he gained through unlawful activity.
Chief Magistrate for the Dh. Judicial Constituency Abdulrazzaq Mohamed, who was suspended by the JSC after claims of forgery on an agreement that was presented at the Kudahuvadhoo Court, Dhaalu Atoll concerning an ongoing case, was also dismissed today.
JSC has said that along with suspected misinformation during cases, Abdulrazzaq is accused of forwarding a case submitted to the Kudahuvadhoo Court to a magistrate of the Emboodhoo Court, who do not have jurisdiction to accept the case.