A mission from the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA) is set to visit the Maldives over concerns regarding the suspension of 54 lawyers, Husnu Suood, who is among the suspended lawyers revealed.
On Monday Suood revealed that LAWASIA passed resolution expressing concerns about the suspension and has decided to send a fact finding mission to the country.
LAWASIA is an international organisation of lawyers and law associations which focuses on the interests of the Asia Pacific legal community and legal challenges in the region. It was established in 1966 and has more than 40 member organisations.
While the organization is the parent body of regional bar associations, Maldives does not have a bar association and hence is not a member.
On September 10, the Department of Judicial Administration (DJA) suspended 54 lawyers who launched judicial reform efforts and filed a petition with the Supreme Court expressing concern about the judiciary. In the petition they highlighted 14 issues including sentencing in absentia, obtaining witness testimonies in secrecy, unacceptable remand periods, judges influencing each other, poor functioning of the Judicial Service Commission and Attorney General and Prosecutor General's failure to fulfil their responsibility. But, the petition was rejected by the top court.
However, on DJA lifted the suspension of 13 lawyers after probing their cases and citing lack of grounds to continue suspension.
The decision came after a group of 35 lawyers filed a petition with the Supreme Court requesting to lift the mass suspension of lawyers.