Speaker Nasheed calls for direct and circumstantial evidence to be used instead of guilty pleas

Speaker of the People’s Majlis, Mohamed Nasheed | Photo: Majlis

Malé, Maldives – Speaker of the Maldivian Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed has called out to make use of direct and circumstantial evidence to prove crimes instead of guilty pleas.

In a tweet posted by Speaker Nasheed earlier today, he stated that verdicts ruled out based on the defendants guilty pleas would always be scrutinized and that the major request was for amending the constitution so that guilty pleas were not necessary.

Speaker Nasheed has addressed the issue previously on multiple occasions as under the penal code, Prosecutor Generals Office has the authority to make a plea deal with those who want to make one during the investigation stage.

The Speakers remarks comes at a time authorities are investigating the murder of a 22-year old woman that was found murdered last Saturday night in a residence located in Male’ City. Police have since arrested a 23-year-old Maldivian male, Ali Shaahil, from the crime scene in connection to the murder.