The temporary official house allocated to the chief justice will be completed in two weeks, President’s Office Spokesperson Mabrook Azeez has said.
The Maldives Police Service received a report on last Thursday about a group of people tampering with security cameras installed at Chief Justice Ahmed Muthasim Adnan’s house, after which they attempted to force their way in. No arrests have been made in response to the incident.
Following the event, the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) strengthened security surrounding the chief justice’s residence, with MNDF officers on duty around the clock.
Spokesperson Mabrook told a local media source, citing the planning ministry, that the temporary official residence for the chief justice will be ready within two weeks. The chief justice’s temporary abode is reportedly an apartment at Rehendhi Flat in Male’ City.
In addition, the decision to provide official residences for the heads of the two branches of government, the judiciary and the legislature, was taken in response to the May 6 IED attack on People’s Majlis Speaker Mohamed Nasheed near his home.
Prior to the People’s Majlis passing a government-backed bill to change the present legal framework to offer an official house to the speaker of the People’s Majlis and the chief justice, an official residence was only provided to the president.
The government had also decided to provide temporary housing for both the speaker and the chief justice while their official houses were being built.