13 March 2015, Male’; The Criminal Court of the Maldives has tonight sentenced former President Mohamed Nasheed to 13 years imprisonment. Mr. Nasheed was charged with kidnaping the Chief Judge of the Criminal Court Mr. Abdullah Mohamed under section (b) of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1990. Section (b) reads “kidnapping, holding as hostage or apprehending someone against their will or attempts to kidnap, hold hostage or apprehend someone without their will”.
Four other individuals are also charged with the kidnapping of the Judge, including Nasheed’s former Defence Minister, Chief of Defence Force and the Commander of the Male’ Area.
The arrest of the Judge in January 2012 was widely condemned by the Supreme Court of Maldives, the entire legal and judicial profession of the Maldives as well as the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and other countries. The Maldives has a three-tier court system:- the Criminal Court (Family and Civil Courts), the High Court and the Supreme Court.
Mr. Nasheed has a constitutional right of appeal to the High Court of Maldives.
Criminal charges in the Maldives are brought by the Prosecutor General of the Maldives as per the Article 220(a) of the Constitution of Maldives.
The Prosecutor General’s case was based on the investigation report of the Human Rights Commission of Maldives into the kidnaping of the Judge.