Supreme Court

Dhiyana, Mahaz nominated for Supreme Court bench

  • Their names have been forwarded for parliament approval

K. Male' 2019 Oct 17 | Thu 16:35 local 3,839

Mahaz Ali Zahir & Dhiyana Saeed - Archive

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has nominated Drug Court Judge Mahaz Ali Zahir and former Attorney General Fathimath Dhiyana Saeed for the Supreme Court bench.

The president via Twitter, announced that the names have been forwarded for parliament approval.

Mahaz and Dhiyana were recommended to the president for the Supreme Court Judge vacancy by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) in September this year.

Six individuals sent in applications for the vacant seat at the Supreme Court, following the impeachment of former Supreme Court Justice Abdulla Didi on August. Out of the six, the Judicial Service Commission had endorsed Dhiyana to the bench.

President Solih had recommended Mahaz, which was later supported by the JSC. Mahaz is currently a judge at the Drug Court, and was investigated by JSC previously.

Dhiyana has held many government positions in her career, including the post of Attorney General, and the first female Secretary-General for SAARC. She is married to Kaashidhoo constituency MP Abdulla Jabir.

With the recent appointment of Dr. Azmiralda Zahir and Aisha Shujune Muhammad to the Supreme Court, there are currently six judges occupying the Supreme Court bench. The amended judicial system legislation states that the Supreme Court bench must have a total of seven judges.

Last updated at: 3 months ago | Reviewed by: Aishath Shaany

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