On Monday’s hearing, the State said they will be presenting evidence against Dhiggaru MP Faris Maumoon after he denied the charges.
Faris, the son of Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, is being charged with the illegal use of ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM)’s flag and logo.
The charges are in relation to a multi-party press conference held at Mookai Hotel on June 21 in which Faris took part on behalf of PPM.
The first trial hearing was held on July 13.
In the hearing on Monday, information was given on Faris’ punishment if found guilty, and on the ease of punishment if he pleads guilty.
The State attorney said that if Faris is found guilty he would have to face nine months and 18 days in prison, and that if he pleads guilty the sentence would be reduced to seven months and six days.
After Faris denied the charges, state attorneys said that as evidence they will present two witnesses they wish to conduct secret testimonies from, a letter from the Elections Commission (EC) stating that Faris was removed from the PPM registry, and a recording of Faris’ press conference.
In the hearing, Faris’ lawyer Maumoon Hameed raised some concerns, one being that a letter they had sent to the Prosecutor General (PG)’s Office on July 4 requesting case documents had gone unanswered.
Expressing concern over how the trial is being handled, Maumoon asked why a sudden hearing was held today after scheduling it for July 20.
In response, the state attorney said that the PG’s Office will not have all the documents that Faris had requested, and that some of them were with the police.
He also said that Faris will be given EC’s letter and the video of his press conference, adding that they will not give information on the two witnesses since their testimonies will be taken in secret.
At the end of the hearing, the presiding judge said the next one will be held at 11:30 am on July 23, and he requested the PG’s Office to give Faris the relevant documents prior to the hearing.