Prosecutor General (PG) Hussain Shameem has held consultations with the US and Australian ambassadors on further developing the Maldives’ criminal justice system.

The discussions were held during separate meetings with the ambassadors of the two countries. The PG met with US Ambassador Hugo Yon on the 3 February, later meeting with Australian High Commissioner David Jessup on 15 February.

The PG office said that extensive discussions were held with both ambassadors on possible areas of assistance to further develop the criminal justice system. The ambassadors also expressed their concern over the 31 January attack on Shameem, the PG Office said.

Prosecutor General Hussain Shameem met with US Ambassador Hugo Yon on 3 February 2024. | Photo: Prosecutor General’s Office

While the US Department of Justice is already providing assistance and expertise to the Prosecutor General’s Office, both agencies will identify additional areas where technical assistance is needed, the PG Office noted — technical experts from the US Department of Justice, have previously worked with local investigators and prosecutors on terrorism and terrorism financing cases.

The Australian Government will also seek to expand technical assistance in further developing the criminal justice system in Maldives, the agency said.

The Prosecutor General thanked the two governments for their assistance, particularly highlighting assistance provided by the governments in the fight against terrorism.