Maldives : ICJ to observe trial of opposition leader in the Maldives

The ICJ today announced it will observe the trial of Mohamed Nasheed (photo), Chairperson of the Maldivian Democratic Party, who is charged with offences against the state and terrorism.

The ICJ’s trial observer, Faisz Musthapha, former Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and former Chairman of the Sri Lankan National Human Rights Commission, will be monitoring the trial for compliance with international fair trial standards.

“It is essential that international fair trial standards are followed,” said Nicholas Howen, ICJ Secretary-General. “At this initial stage it is important that the accused and his lawyer have adequate time to prepare the defence”.

Mohamed Nasheed, who was granted asylum in the United Kingdom, recently returned to the Maldives as the Chairperson of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).

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