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Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has decided to initiate the dismissal motion of Chief Judge of the Criminal Court of the Maldives Hassan Najeeb.
JSC made the decision after investigating a disciplinary case submitted against Judge Najeeb, relating to active involvement in political activities and issuing unlawful orders. JSC stated Najeeb had tried to gather support for a candidate who contested in the 2017 local council elections and played an active role in signing up an individual for a political party. JSC also revealed Najeeb had used his influence to annul the candidacy of another candidate who contested in the elections.
Furthermore, JSC revealed Najeeb had also organised a gathering to seek support for a candidate contesting in the 2018 presidential elections. The commission stated Najeeb is also guilty of issuing an unlawful order to arrest two individuals, despite receiving no requests for an arrest warrant from an investigative authority.
JSC stated the actions of Najeeb violated Clause 142 of the Constitution of the Maldives and Clause 32 of the Judges Act, as well as three clauses of the Disciplinary Standard of Judges. Therefore, the commission revealed it has decided to forward the dismissal motion of Najeeb to the Parliament of the Maldives.