Sunday, October 25, 2020

Former Maldives Chief Judge questioned over suspicious transactions

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Maldives Police Service on Sunday, revealed that former Criminal Court Chief Judge Ahmed Hailam was summoned over allegations of money laundering.

According to the police, Hailam is to be questioned regarding a transaction of MVR 200,000 that took place on May 19, 2019, which was flagged by the independent agency, Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU).

The former judge is ordered to present himself at the Police Headquarters by 2000 hrs on Tuesday.

In response to the allegations, Hailam tweeted that the money was acquired from former parliamentarian Alhan Fahmy, adding that it was a loan meant for one of Hailam’s acquaintances.

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Further, Hailam emphasized that he refuses to be intimidated.

Previously, Judicial Service Commission (JSC) investigated the matter as well, having been brought to their attention by authorities last November.

Referring to the judicial watchdog’s inquiry, Alhan confirmed that funds were transferred from his account into Hailam’s, adding that the two are long-term, close associates.

Hailam submitted his resignation on December 2, 2019, while under suspension over forwarding a controversial image to the court’s Viber group.

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Sent on the occasion of Martyr’s Day, the picture depicted President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and former President Mohamed Nasheed, along with the orchestrators of the November 3, 1988 coup, in chains.

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