May 6 attack: Judge Adam Mohamed recuses

Criminal Court | Photo: V News

Malé, Maldives – Judge Adam Mohamed has recused himself from the bench of judges presiding over the May 6th terrorist attack case which was perpetrated against Speaker of the Parliament and Former President of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed.

The case was previously being presided over by a bench of three judges including Judget Adam Mohamed, Judge Sofwath Habeeb and Judge Mohamed Misbah.

While a hearing was held today to present opening remarks pertaining to the case, the proceedings took an unexpected turn when the court was presented with a letter from defendant Ishaaq. In the letter, Ishaaq stated that another member of his family has been charged with the murder of blogger Yameen Rasheed, and that Judge Adam Mohamed was threatened by another member of his family towards the end of that trial. As such, he requested Judge Adam Mohamed to recuse himself from the bench.

Judge Adam Mohamed accepted this request and recused himself from the case.

Among the accused involving the May 6 terror attack, preliminary stages of trials are ongoing for Ishaaq, Thahmeen Ahmed, Mujaaz Ahmed, Ali Haisham, Mohamed Nazil and Fahmy Ali.