The Supreme Court has scheduled a hearing date in the ongoing appeal by the Prosecutor General’s Office against the decision to allow online hearings in former Tourism Minister Ali Waheed’s criminal case.
The case will be considered by the Supreme Court on November 8, according to the schedule provided by the court.
On August 11, the Supreme Court issued an interim ruling and condemned Ali Waheed to two months and twelve days in prison for failing to appear in court twice despite receiving court summons.
The country’s highest court also ordered the Criminal Court to halt the trial in Ali Waheed’s sexual assault case, which has since been suspended.
The Prosecutor General’s Office presented the issue of conducting online trials before lower courts, the Criminal Court and the High Court, but failed to obtain a favourable result for the prosecution before deciding to take the matter to the Supreme Court.
Ali Waheed was dismissed as tourism minister in July 2020, following allegations of sexual assault by tourism ministry employees.
He is charged with seven counts of sexual offences, including attempted rape, sexual indecent exposure, sexual assault, attempting to commit sexual assault, and unlawful sexual contact.