Maldives' Chief Justice lands in jail for obstructing state functions

11:59 AM | 11 May, 2018
Maldives' Chief Justice lands in jail for obstructing state functions
MALE – A criminal court has awarded nearly five months jail to country’s Chief Justice after it found him guilty of obstructing government administration and justice, for the first time in the history of the Maldives.

The court sentenced Abdulla Saeed to four months and 24 days for allegedly shutting down the Supreme Court’s Government E-letter Management System (GEMS) in the wake of its landmark ruling on Feb 1. The court had ordered the release of President Yameen Abdul Gayoom's nine political rivals, including Mohamed Nasheed, the country's first president elected in a free election in 2008, and to reinstate unseated legislators.

The political chaos of Maldives - the honeymoon islands - deepened in early Feb after the Chief Justice and other top judges of the apex court were arrested following proclamation of emergency by President Yameen after court orders.

Following the initial verdict, letters were sent to the court requesting to review the ruling, but the top court refused to accept the letters deliberately on Saeed’s orders, the government claimed.

Nasheed was sentenced to 13 years in prison on terrorism charges but now lives in Britain after receiving asylum. Nasheed's release would have allowed him to contest a presidential election later this year in a formidable challenge to Yameen's re-election bid.

After the arrests of their colleagues, the remaining three Supreme Court justices nullified their order to release Yameen's opponents.

Saeed is also undergoing four other trials at the Criminal Court, for charges of terrorism, obstructing of justice, accepting bribes, and influencing official duties.


PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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