The High Court on Thursday overturned MP Faris Maumoon’s conviction on a controversial charge of identity fraud.
The High Court quashed the verdict on the grounds that the lower court trial contravened the criminal procedures law. The violations included conducting unscheduled hearings and accepting anonymised testimony from state witnesses without a pre-trial motion.
During the appeal hearings, prosecutors reportedly conceded that the trial was rushed and Faris was not afforded adequate time to present his defence.
The MP for Dhiggaru joins a growing list of high-profile figures freed by the courts since President Abdulla Yameen’s heavy defeat in September’s election.
Days after the polls, Faris was released on bail by the High Court along with his father, former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.
Faris denied all the charges against him.
Alhamdu lillah. The HC has overturned my CC conviction citing ‘procedural irregularities.’ I have always maintained that I am innocent of all charges filed against me – they are politically motivated. Thank you to my great legal team, family, friends n everyone who wished me well
— Ahmed Faris Maumoon (@afarismaumoon) October 25, 2018