Opposition Pres. Abdul Raheem Abdulla’s hearing scheduled for tomorrow

President of People’s National Congress (PNC), Abdul Raheem Abdulla (Adhurey). | Photo via AvasMv

Male’, Maldives – The Criminal Court has confirmed that the hearing of Opposition President Abdu-Raheem Abdullah (Adhurey) over charges of cursing has been scheduled for tomorrow.

Abdu-Raheem Abdullah has been accused of cursing outside the Criminal Court when Former President Abdullah Yaameen Abdul Gayyoom’s hearing was to take place at the court. Charges of cursing and using cursive words have been raised against Adhurey, the hearing of which is to take place tomorrow 9:00 am at the Criminal Court. The Department of Judicial Administration (DJA) filed the case with the Maldives Police Service against Abdul Raheem Abdulla on the same day stating that it was an action which was in contempt with the court.

While Abdul Raheem Abdulla has been prosecuted for using a curse word in public against the Criminal Court judges, another such incident also took place in last August while Abdul Raheem Abdulla was speaking to media. He was speaking to the media after he was summoned to the police station for the oppositions protest which was held in Male’ City against the HPA guidelines.

According to the constitution, the maximum punishment for cursing or indecent behavior is three months in jail and on the basic standards it’s one month and six days imprisonment while the minimum sentence is nine days of imprisonment.