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News in brief: Adeeb requests televised trial

The ex-vice president is facing trial on fresh corruption charges.



Ex-vice president asks for televised trial

Former vice president Ahmed Adeeb has requested the criminal court to arrange for live broadcasts of his upcoming trial.

The court has yet to respond to the request, Adeeb’s lawyer Mahfooz Saeed told the media on Wednesday. Fresh charges were raised against Adeeb last month over the theft of US$90 million from the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation, a corruption scandal of unprecedented scale in the country’s history.

In July, former president Abdulla Yameen’s trial on money laundering charges became the first to be broadcast live on television. A verdict is due on November 5.

Six applicants for vacant JSC seat

Parliament’s judiciary committee on Wednesday was tasked with vetting six applicants for the Judicial Service Commission.

The five-year term of the current public representative on the watchdog is due to expire soon. Abdul Hannaan was appointed to the commission in late 2014.

The 10-member oversight body consists of three judges elected by their peers, the attorney general, the president of the Civil Service Commission, an appointee of the president, the speaker of parliament, a lawmaker chosen by parliament, and a member of the public chosen by parliament.

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