Commemorating the Day the Courts were Set on Fire

08 February 2012 marks a dark and dismal day in the history of the Judiciary of the Maldives. On this day 8 courts were set alight destroying all documents concerning people’s rights and wiping out a judicial archive of over 70 years.

Five years to the conflagration, some of the courts which were obliterated in the fires have not been reconstructed. The infrastructure development of the Judiciary suffered a major setback over the years following the terror attack on the courts. The Judiciary remains vigilant in its determination to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.

We pray that Almighty Allah protect the Judges and the court houses from vile attacks of their enemies.

 

Department of Judicial Administration

Supreme Court of the Maldives

Male’, Rep of Maldives

 

Report on the Status of the Courts Damaged in the Unrest of 08 February 2012

  1. Magistrate Courts which were Set Alight
  •  G.Dh Thinadhoo Magistrate Court

On the night of 08 February 2012 at around 7.30pm, the court was broken into through its main gate and some documents were brought out and set alight following which the court building was set ablaze. The Court building burnt down to a degree where it could not be used.

CURRENT STATUS: A new Court building has been constructed and the court is in function.

  • G.Dh Rathafandhoo Magistrate Court

On the night of 08 February 2012, at 9.00pm the Court was set ablaze. The photocopy machine, fax machine and printer were destroyed beyond repair. The handle of the safe was broken, and the roof of the court which was made from asbestos sheets suffered damages as a result of being pelted with stones. With the exception of one billing book, no other document was damaged. The main doorway to the court was damaged.

CURRENT STATUS: Damages to the court have been fixed

 

  • S. Hithadhoo Magistrate Court

On the night of 08 February 2012 at around 9.45pm a group of people scaled the gates of the courts and gained entry by damaging the main iron gate and set the place on fire. All the documents in the court were destroyed in the inferno. Even though the safety deposit box of the court was saved, it could not be opened.

CURRENT STATUS: The entire court building was burnt down, and the court now functions at the former Island Office premise.

  • S. Maradhoo Magistrate Court

On the night of 08 February 2012 at around 7.00pm a group of people gained entry into the court and set it ablaze. The entire court building burnt down to the ground. The Magistrate gave information that all documents were destroyed.

CURRENT STATUS: The court now functions from Maradhoo-Feydhoo Magistrate Court.

 

  • S. Feydhoo Magistrate Court

In the night of 07 February 2012 at around 8.00pm a group of people gained entry into the court and torched it, burning the entire court down. Some of the computers were brought out on to the street and their hard disks removed.

CURRENT STATUS: The court now functions from a rented private property.

  • S. Maradhoo-Feydhoo Magistrate Court

The court building was set ablaze on 08 February 2012 at around 8.30pm. Most of the documents were saved however. After fixing the doors of the building the court is expected to begin functioning. Irreparable damage was done to the machinery and equipment of the court.

CURRENT STATUS: Damages to the court have been fixed.

  • S.Hulhudhoo Magistrate Court

On 08 February 2012 at around 7.30pm the Court was set ablaze and some of the staff of the court and members of the public put out the fire. However at around 10.00pm the court was set on fire for a second time using petrol. All documents of the court were destroyed in the inferno and all files in the cabinet were set alight and destroyed. However the safety deposit was salvaged.

CURRENT STATUS: The court now functions from a renovated Detox Center.

  • Gn. Fuvahmulah Magistrate Court

On 08 February 2012 at around 7.40pm the windows and rain gutter of the court were set alight. However no further damages were suffered by the court or no further attacks were aimed at the court. Additional 4 persons were assigned on duty that night for the security of the court building.

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