Rights group criticizes Maldives for dismissing 2 top judges, including chief justice

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An international rights group has criticized the dismissal of two top judges in the Maldives, including the country's chief justice, calling it an assault on judicial independence.

The Indian Ocean nation's Parliament voted last Sunday to remove Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz Hussain and Supreme Court Justice Muthasim Adnan to reduce the bench from seven to five.

The Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists on Thursday called the removal arbitrary and unlawful because the judges had not been given a fair hearing. The group also called for their reinstatement.