The Prosecutor General’s office has expressed its opposition to a judge change in a negligence trial involving the murder of toddler Mohamed Ibthihaal, alleging a conflict of interest.
Ibthihaal was found dead in 2015 and media reported that authorities had been aware of his repeated abuse by his mother, sparking public outrage.
Gender ministry officials and a senior policeman are facing criminal prosecution on charges of negligence over the murder.
The case was previously presided over by Judge Ahmed Shakeel, who was transferred to the Family Court in July. The new presiding judge, Ahmed Hailam, was appointed to the Criminal Court in January.
The Prosecutor General noted in last week’s hearing that Hailam had disagreements with the charge during his time at the Prosecutor General’s office and that he also had close connections with some of the defendants, Mihaaru reported.
Despite the objections the next hearing in the case will proceed, taking in witness testimony.