Department of Judicial Administration (DJA) has decided to suspend Former Attorney General and prominent lawyer Husnu Al Suood for four months.
DJA, run under the Supreme Court of the Maldives, made the announcement on Tuesday, stating that Suood’s suspension is effective from Tuesday for the span of four months. He was suspended after thorough investigation under the regulations set for law practitioners in the Maldives.
The ex-AG’s suspension comes following an inappropriate tweet he had posted regarding which read that the Supreme Court’s decision to extend a presidential term in 2013 is illegitimate.
It is also followed by an interview he gave to VNews in which he says that former President Dr. Mohamed Waheed’s term, who came into power after then President Mohamed Nasheed was ousted, had been extended under a Supreme Court ruling. He had gone on to say that this decision was illegitimate.
This is not the first time the ex-Attorney General has been suspended from practicing law. His last suspension was lifted in February, after the initial Supreme Court ruling on the 01st of February ordering for the release of political prisoners and reinstatement of opposition-aligned members of parliament. Following this, he was suspended again and banned from entering the Criminal Court in mid-March.