Five top Maldives Police Service officials have filed an appeal against the Civil Court’s refusal to postpone their termination in the wrongful dismissal case against the Police Board.
On October 6, the policemen submitted their case in Civil Court, which denied their request to delay their termination. The hearing on the appeal has been set for tomorrow at 16:30 at the High Court.
The new Maldives Police Service Act requires the Police Board, within four months of its formation, to make a recommendation on the dismissal of commissioned officers above superintendent rank, except the police commissioner, based on whether they have been reported to any government organization or a commission for abuse of power, committing inhumane acts, or corruption.
Using the authority granted to it by the new police statute, the Board recommended to the police commissioner in August that seven senior officers be removed.
The Police Board reportedly recommended the dismissal of Assistant Commissioner of Police Faruhadh Fikury, Assistant Commissioner of Police Ahmed Mohamed, Assistant Commissioner of Police Mohamed Jamsheed, Chief Superintendent of Police Abdulla Shareef, Chief Superintendent of Police Ahmed Shuhaadh, Superintendent of Police Mohamed Dawood, and Superintendent of Police Ismail Shameem.
Five of these seven policemen are parties to the case that was presented to the Civil Court. Faruhad Fikury and Ahmed Shuhaadh are the officers who are not named in the lawsuit.