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Mahfooz Saeed

Mahfooz Saeed

HRD, Lawyer
Maldives Independent Article

No ordinary crime: The stabbing of Mahfooz Saeed

Mahfooz Saeed is a human rights lawyer and member of the legal team for former president Mohamed Nasheed, who was convicted under the Anti-Terrorism Act and sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2015, following proceedings which did not meet international standards for fair trial. In his blogs Mahfooz Saeed speaks critically about the shortcomings of the Maldives judicial system, escalating crime rate and deteriorating socio-political situation, and calls for judicial reform in the country.

Since the ouster of former President Mohammed Nasheed, the Maldives has been beset by political crisis, with the government taking steps to restrict freedom of assembly.