Flat documents can be nullified even if it has state’s imprint: AG Riffath

Attorney General Ibrahim Riffath | Photo: Mihaaru

Male’, Maldives — Attorney General of Maldives, Ibrahim Riffath has said that official documents with an imprint of the state’s national emblem, the document can still be abolished if necessary.

AG Riffath stated this while replying to a question asked by the members of the Parliament Committee on National Development And Heritage of Maldives. The members has questioned the authenticity of the documents relating to the flats and has asked whether a document with the state’s imprint can be nullified.

AG Riffath responded to these questions and stated that although a document given by the state consists of the state’s imprint, the conditions written on the document is the only thing that can be bound legally for a purpose. With this, AG Riffath noted that the documents of Hiyaa flats consists of multiple conditions and that if any of these aren’t completed, then the document can be nullified.

Although the state’s imprint is present in the documents released by the state at any situation, in reality, what makes the document a legally bonded document is the things written in it.

AG Riffath

AG Riffath highlighted some of the conditions in the flat documents and stated that he believes that the flat document is not a document which indicates that the individual has legal rights over the property, but it is a conditional statement which is based on the required conditions.

AG Riffath stated that the flat document can be abolished if a condition written in that document is not met. While pointing out that the Supreme Court has also stated the same, AG Riffath stated that he does not believe that there will be any legal obstacle in abolishing such a document.

The Hiyaa Project comprises the development of 7,000 flats, in the form of 16 towers of 25-storeys each, in reclaimed suburb Hulhumale’s second phase.

The final list for the ‘Hiyaa’ Public Housing Scheme, which aims to amass 80,000 citizens to Hulhumale’, was publicized on February 10, 2021. A total of 14,107 applicants from various categories were unsucceful in securing a flat, while 6,142 of these individuals scored above 50 points, but were not selected to get an apartment unit.

Following the release of the final list, opposition has been protesting in Malé City claiming that they wanted to bring justice to people who have lost or did not receive their apartments after ‘Hiyaa’ Public Housing Scheme.