The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has suspended Criminal Court Judge Hussain Faiz Rashad in connection with unsubstantiated audiotapes of him that surfaced in August.
The commission has decided to initiate a disciplinary inquiry of Judge Faiz based on the voice match result of the forensic analysis, according to a statement issued by the JSC on Thursday.
Based on the nature of the matter and the investigation findings, Judge Faiz has been suspended for 60 days beginning October 5 to preserve the integrity of the judiciary, the JSC said.
In a statement addressing the forensic analysis results of the audio recordings, the commission, on November 2, stated that there was no voice match for two of the three judges in the audio snippets. According to the statement, Criminal Court Judge Ali Adam and Drug Court Judge Mohamed Sameer were cleared of all charges because of the forensics results.
Despite the judge’s denial, the audio of Criminal Court Judge Hussain Faiz Rashad, according to the JSC, was a voice match with some alteration.
The three judges were on the Criminal Court bench that convicted former President Abdulla Yameen of money laundering in 2019. All of them claimed the audio clips were forgeries, according to a JSC statement in August.