Judge Dheebanaz Fahumy has been appointed as the chair of the bench presiding over the trial of suspects charged in connection to the terrorist attack against Parliament Speaker and former President Mohamed Nasheed on May 6, 2021.
The trial initially commenced with three judges on the bench; Judge Adam Mohamed, Judge Sofwath Habeeb and Judge Mohamed Misbah. Judge Adam Mohamed, who was chairing the bench, recused himself from the bench on June 12.
Therewith, it was decided that a new bench will be put together.
With the appointment of Judge Dheebanaz Fahumy, who previously served as the Deputy Prosecutor General, to chair the bench – May 6 trial is expected to resume soon.
Meanwhile, Judge Sofwath Habeeb and Judge Mohamed Misbah will remain on the bench.
Judge Adam Mohamed has recused himself from the trial during a hearing held on June 12.
The suspects standing as defendants in today’s trial were;
While starting off the hearing, Judge Adam said that the court had received a letter from Is’haq, expressing concern over conflict of interest, and requesting him to recuse himself from the case.
Judge Adam had presided over the murder trial of local blogger Yameen Rasheed – who was brutally slain in the stairwell of his residence in Male’ City, M. Spatula, on April 23, 2017.
Allegations that Is’haq’s son threatened the judge whilst the trial was underway had surfaced back then. Moreover, one of the defendants in Yameen Rasheed's murder, Hassan Shifaz, is registered to the same address as Is’haq, M. Kudhehige, and is Is'haq's son's uncle.
The letter sent by Is’haq expressed concern over the likelihood of the trial getting personal if Judge Adam Mohamed was to remain on the bench.
Therefore, as requested, Judge Adam took the decision to recuse himself from the case.