Prosecutor General’s (PG) Office has sent back to the police the cases against detained former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Justice Ali Hameed.
While the cases were sent back last week, the reason behind it is unclear.
In addition to the three cases, the case against Judicial Administrator Hassan Saeed was also sent back to the police.
Police forwarded the cases to PG Office on February 28.
Gayoom, Saeed and Hameed are being accused of concealing evidence, while Judicial Administrator Saeed is being accused of hiding from police when he was sent a notice to appear at the police station.
Among those arrested under the ongoing state of emergency, Gayoom, Saeed and Hameed are also being accused of bribery and plotting to overthrow the government. However, their lawyers claim that they have not been questioned in relation to the accusations.
In addition to these cases, the PG Office has also sent back the cases against Galolhu-South MP Ahmed Mahloof and Mohamed Abdulla.
A record number of politicians have been arrested and detained under the ongoing state of emergency. While authorities have accused the political figures of major crimes and claim to have evidence against them, their lawyers are denying the allegations and accusing the police of spreading false information to defame them.
PG Aishath Bisam had recently sent a letter to the police asking to release those arrested under the state of emergency, saying that the state of emergency was unconstitutional.