Trials of MPs charged for ‘entering parliament’ resume after hiatus

Trials of MPs charged for ‘entering parliament’ resume after hiatus
May 14 17:56 2018

Trials of a dozen opposition lawmakers charged with obstruction of law enforcement are resuming this week after a hiatus of several months.

The 12 MPs are accused of scaling barricades to enter parliament in July last year, after which they were manhandled and dragged out by police officers and soldiers in riot gear.

Jumhooree Party MP Ali Hussain was summoned for a pre-trial hearing Sunday and given two days to appoint a lawyer.

According to media reports, Judge Adam Arif told the Kendhoo MP that he wanted to conduct the trial together for the dozen defendants but it has been stalled due to his failure to inform the court of his legal counsel.

During previous hearings, Ali Hussain told the court that his lawyer was unable to represent him because he was among the lawyers suspended by the Supreme Court last year.

MPs Abdulla Shahid and Mohamed Aslam from the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party have meanwhile been summoned for hearings Tuesday morning.

Aslam tweeted: “Ready to go to police, ready to go to court, and ready to jail as well, but sorry #JazeeraRaees campaign cannot be stopped.”

The veteran lawmaker from Addu City was appointed campaign manager of former president Mohamed Nasheed’s bid to win the MDP’s ticket.

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