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Judiciary in Maldives

Maldives: Unconstitutional Power Grab by the Supreme Court?:

Paper No 5958         Dated 23-June-2015
By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan
 
The Supreme Court of Maldives is said to have made yet another strike at the roots of democracy in Maldives.
 
 Earlier, last year it interfered with the conduct of the General elections and even went to the extent of sacking both the Election Commissioner and his Deputy for not adhering to the sixteen point guide lines issued by them on the conduct of the elections.
 

Maldives: Nasheed’s Sham Trial Comes to an End

Paper No. 5896                                  Dated 20-Mar-2015

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

On 13th night (trial was always held after sunset), former President Nasheed was sentenced to 13 years in prison for the detention of criminal court judge Abdulla Mohamed in January 2012.

Maldives: Removal of Inconvenient Judges- Another set back to Democracy

Paper No. 5847                  Dated 18-Dec-2014

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

On 15th  December, President Yameen sacked the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ahmed Faiz and another Judge Muthasim Adnan on the recommendation of the Judicial Commission and approved by the Majlis all within a space of five days.

Article 154 of the Constitution states that a judge can be removed only after the Judicial Service Commission finds the judge to be guilt of gross incompetence or misconduct.  

Maldives: The Tyranny of the Judiciary-The Supreme Court Strikes Again.

Paper No. 5805                                     Dated 16-Oct-2014

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

It may be recalled that the Judiciary in Maldives on the eve of the parliamentary polls in March this year framed charges against the Chairman of the Election Commission and his deputy with contempt of court and went on to dismiss them from their jobs.

Maldives: President Yameen Threatens the Opposition on Independence Day

Paper No. 5761                                     Dated 7-Aug-2014
 
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
A country that is still struggling with its democratic credentials, it was a surprise to see President Yameen threatening the main opposition for criticising his policies which he says amounts to a threat to Maldivian independence! 
 

Maldives: Presidential Elections: Will the transition be smooth?

Paper No. 5548            Dated 22-Aug-2013
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.
 
The United Kingdom Foreign Office issued a statement last month welcoming the steps taken in Maldives towards a free and fair elections and called for a peaceful transition to post electoral politics. My  worry is on the last part. - the transition period.
 

Maldives: The Judiciary Needs a Thorough Cleanup:

Paper No. 5509                               Dated 14-June-2013

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

The judiciary continues to be the weakest link in Maldives in its march towards democracy.  Except for the opposition MDP, no other political party appears to be concerned by the poor performance of the judiciary.  What is more, the Judicial commission which is supposed to be the “Watch Dog” over functioning of the judiciary appears to be highly politicised.

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