MP Ahmed Shiyam has stated that former President Abdulla Yameen’s appeal case at the High Court is being influenced by the Judicial Service Commission. He made this statement in relation to the on going allegations of influence on the judiciary by the JSC led by the ruling party MDP.
Speaking at the Parliament, the opposition Vice-President MP Ahmed Shiyam stated that “The government needs to work sincerely. They need to hold on to the values believed by the people of Maldives. This is an Islamic nation and we need to hold on to the Islamic jurisprudence. “. The Naifaru Constituency MP continued on to state that the government needs to establish a free and fair judiciary. He then stated that “High Court Chief Justice Uz. Rauf is unable to even schedule President Abdulla Yameen’s appeal case, due to influence from the Judicial Service Commission.”.
He further elaborated that the JSC is influencing the case because they’re unsure of the outcome, implicating the absolute control the ruling party has over the judiciary. He continued on to call on MP Hisaan Hussein and Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed to cease influencing the Judicial Service Commission.
Allegations of the ruling party MDP controlling the Judiciary through the Judicial Service Commission has been the subject of several parliamentary debates and opposition press releases. The current Judicial Service Commission is headed by the long time lawyer of former Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed, her business partner AG Ibrahim Riffath along with Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed himself and several others appointed by the parliament. This has allowed the parliament to usurp control of the Judiciary with its absolute power to appoint and dismiss judges, unchecked.