Former President Mohamed Nasheed has called on the international community to impose sanctions against the Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed.
The self-exiled former President said this on Twitter after 54 lawyers were suspended for calling for judicial reform on Sunday.
According to the Department of Judicial Administration (DJA), they were suspended for rallying outside the Supreme Court in a way that compromised the independence of the judiciary and judges.
In the tweet, Nasheed said that the Supreme Court suspended the lawyers for “raising concerns on lack of rule of law.”
In another tweet, he said the arrests were unconstitutional and called on the defense force and the police service to arrest those responsible.
Some of the suspended lawyers are representing clients in major cases. They include: Former President Nasheed’s legal team members Ahmed Abdulla Afeef, Hassan Latheef, Abdulla Shaair and Ibrahim Rifath; Former Vice-President Ahmed Adeeb’s lawyers Moosa Siraj and Mahfooz Saeed; Jumhooree Party (JP) leader Qasim Ibrahim’s legal team members Hisaan Hussain, Nooru’Salaam, Masthoor Hussain and Ahmed Safeeq; Former Deputy Speaker of Parliament Ahmed Nazim’s lawyer Farish Abdulla; and Adhaalath Party (AP) leader Imran Abdulla’s lawyer Ali Zahir.
The other suspended lawyers include prominent lawyers such as former Attorney General Husnu Suood, Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s Secretary General Anas Abdul Sattar, North-Maafannu MP Imthiyaz Fahumy, and North-Machchangolhi MP Mariya Ahmed Didi.