Police officers appeal stay order refusal for unfair dismissal case at the High Court

Dismissed officers (L-R) Superintendent Mohamed Dawood, Assistant Commissioner Ahmed Mohamed, Assistant Commissioner Faruhadh Fikury, Assistant Commissioner Mohamed Jamsheed, Chief Superintendent Abdulla Shareef | Photo: Sun

Malé, Maldives – Five senior officers of Maldives Police Service have filed an appeal against the Civil Court’s refusal to issue stay orders for the plaintiffs’ unfair dismissal case against the Police Board.

The hearing is scheduled at the High Court at 16:30 tomorrow. The officers filed their case at the Civil Court on October 6 at which the Civil Court refused to issue a stay order.

The officers’ lawyers filed motions at the Civil Court to issue stay orders preventing the dismissal of the plaintiffs and requested the court to prohibit the Police Board or other authorities from taking any actions which may affect the officers’ ability to do their jobs.

The Civil Court statement read that there is no indication for such an action from the submissions at the court. Further, the court stated that upon reviewing precedents set by the Supreme Court of Maldives, issuing a stay order as requested will be a prior implication of the future judgement for the same case.

The Police Board made the decision to remove seven senior officers from their posts with the authority invested by the Maldives Police Service Act (Law No. 34/2020) on September 10. The officers dismissed from their positions are,

  • Assistant Commissioner Faruhadh Fikury
  • Assistant Commissioner Mohamed Jamsheed
  • Assistant Commissioner Ahmed Mohamed
  • Chief Superintendent Abdulla Shareef
  • Chief Superintendent Ahmed Shuhaadh
  • Superintendent Mohamed Dawood
  • Superintendent Ismail Shameem

All the officers excluding Assistant Commissioner Faruhadh Fikury and Chief Superintendent Ahmed Shuhaadh are filing a case against the Police Board through Dhivehi Chambers law firm.