Maldives crisis: Police releases additional evidence against Justice Ali Hameed Mohamed
Maldives Police Service has gathered additional evidence against arrested Supreme Court Justice Ali Hameed Mohamed in the ongoing investigation into the attempt to overthrow President Abdulla Yameen's government.
In the second major press conference, Maldives Police provided details of charges against several individuals for attempting to overthrow a legitimate government. Also, it released additional documentary evidence obtained during the course of the ongoing investigations.
- The Police have found USD 215,000 and MVR 150,000 in a bag belonging to the Justice Ali Hameed Mohamed.
- The Police confirmed that Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has in various ways aided the family of the Justice
- The Police have obtained documentary evidence of a purchase of a flat with money obtained from bribes
- The Police have confirmed that a prominent Maldivian business has loaned USD 2.4 million to the family of the Justice
Additionally, critical evidence and information crucial to the investigation has been recovered from a black suitcase which was removed from Endherimaage, Maafannu (the residence of Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom).
The Police have also obtained documentary evidence from the recently found suitcase that Member of Parliament Ahmed Faris Maumoon attempted to influence the Judiciary. The suitcase was retrieved from the home of an employee of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. This employee is currently in Police custody. There is further documentary evidence that confirms suspects, in this case, have purchased expensive overseas properties that do not correspond to their legal incomes.
Maldives police arrested the country's chief justice of the Supreme Court Abdulla Saeed and another judge, Ali Hameed hours after the government declared a state of emergency on February 5.