In today’s hearing at the Supreme Court, the Prosecutor General stated that the travel ban placed on former Tourism Minister Ali Waheed had been lifted without any set duration.
Former Tourism Minister Ali Waheed is infamously charged with seven counts of attempted rape, sexual assault, and harassment, all of which were brought forward by his fellow employees at the Tourism Ministry. Ali Waheed left the country in February after the Criminal Court controversially released his passport, for which the Prosecutor’s General’s office filed an ethics complaint against the judge with the Judiciary Service Commission (JSC).
The decision to release Ali Waheed’s passport was then challenged in the Supreme Court by the Prosecutor General’s office after the High Court was unable to serve the summons due to the office’s failure to locate Ali Waheed’s exact address.
The state told the Supreme Court in the first hearing that the Criminal Court judge verbally said the passport was issued for four months, but none of the official documents specify any timeframe.
The state also noted other peculiar steps taken by the Criminal Court during Ali Waheed’s case which included the court initiating an unprovoked medical checkup without any recommendation from the state.
Regarding the documentation of the medical checkup, only the documents from Tree Top Hospital were received, and the document from IGMH which substantiated the release of Ali Waheed’s passport is yet to be received, according to the state.
The Supreme Court bench raised many questions and concerns continuing the case in Ali Waheed’s absence, however, the state failed to respond satisfactorily.
A date for the second hearing is to be announced soon.