JUST IN: President Solih would never influence the judiciary – Nasheed

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (M), First Lady Fazna Ahmed (R) and Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed (L) arriving at the parliament | Photo: Nishan Ali

Malé, Maldives – The Speaker of the Maldives Parliament and former President Mohamed Nasheed, today, said that the incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih will not influence the Judiciary of Maldives.

Speaking during his first press conference since the May 6 Terror Attack where the Speaker was critically injured, Nasheed said that he does not believe that influencing the Judiciary is something President Solih would do.

Nasheed has said this at a time when the opposition coalition and former judges have accused the government of influencing the judiciary after an audio file was leaked regarding the trial of former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom.

The leaked audio allegedly contains three of the five judges bench that presided over former President Yameen’s case admitting that they were pressured into making the judgement.

While Opposition Coalition has called to free former President Yameen and accused President’s Chief of Staff Ali Zahir of masterminding the manipulation of the former President’s trial, the President’s Office has denied these allegations and requested the JSC and Police to investigate this matter.

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) of Maldives, on August 30, commenced an investigation into the leaked audio recording of a judge allegedly implicating outside pressure into passing a sentence.