Court releases man arrested for bribing MPs due to lack of evidence

High Court of Maldives PHOTO:Nishan Ali/Mihaaru

High Court of Maldives PHOTO:Nishan Ali/Mihaaru

The High Court on Wednesday concluded that there are not enough grounds to keep Ahmed Shifau, who was arrested under bribery accusations, in custody.

Shifau, who is a member of the opposition Jumhoory Party (JP), was arrested for allegedly attempting to bribe lawmakers ahead of the censure motion against Parliament Speaker Abdullah Maseeh, along with Dhiggaru MP Faris Maumoon.

However, the Criminal Court had freed him claiming that there was not enough evidence to implicate him.

State prosecution had appealed the lower court’s decision to free him and appealed to keep him remanded till the trial is over. However, the High Court upheld the lower court’s decision regarding Shifau’s arrest.

The High Court maintained that there is not enough evidence to keep him in custody as per the newly rectified Criminal Procedure Act.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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