JSC renews Maamendhoo chief magistrate Shukoor’s suspension

Ahmed Shukoor, Chief Magistrate of G. A. Maamendhoo Magistrate Court.

Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has renewed the suspension order against G. A. Maamendhoo’s chief magistrate Ahmed Shukoor, who the commission has decided to request the Parliament to have dismissed following an investigation into multiple allegations of misconduct.

Shukoor was first placed under suspension back in July, and JSC has announced that the commission has made the decision to place Shukoor under temporary suspension of 60 days during its 78th meeting on Sunday, citing the nature of the allegations against Shukoor, the evidence collected in connection to the cases, and the principle of upholding the confidence in the judiciary.

JSC has found Shukoor guilty of four cases of misconduct, and made the decision to request the Parliament for his dismissal on Wednesday, October 21.

One of the allegations that JSC has found him guilty of is that he met with attorney of a suspect who Shukoor has a personal connection to at a restaurant in G. A. Vilingili on the day the Vilingili Magistrate Court was scheduled to make a decision regarding his remand and accepted an envelope handed over to him by the attorney. He had been working as a magistrate at the Vilingili Magistrate Court at the time.

 The second allegation he has been found guilty of is that he attended a meeting held at a private residence in G. A. Vilingili with several former judges during the 2018 presidential elections and expressed his support for a specific presidential candidate and campaigned to gather votes for the candidate.

The third allegation he has been found guilty of is that he made political statements while in a café in G. A. Vilingili in September 2018 and asked for votes for a specific presidential candidate.

The fourth allegation he has been found guilty of is that he shared his decision regarding the remand of terror suspects arrested from G. A. Kolamaafushi with the police prior to their remand hearing at the G. A. Vilingili Magistrate Court, and acted in contravention of judicial standards during the hearing.

JSC found his actions were in contravention of Article 142 of the Maldivian Constitution, Article 312 (a) (iii), (v), and (x) of Judges Act, Article 1.5, 3.1, 4.2, 7.1, and 7.2 of Code of Conduct of Judges, and found they provided grounds for removal from office as declared under Article 154 (b) of the Maldivian Constitution.

Shukoor is also under investigation by JSC for eight additional allegations of misconduct, including the allegations of bribery and leaking information regarding search warrants requested by police.