Former Home Minister Umar Naseer has filed a complaint with the police seeking defamation charges against MP Ibrahim Falah of the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives.
Speaking at a PPM event on Tuesday night, the MP for the Inguraidhoo constituency in Raa atoll accused Naseer of corrupt practices during activities held in July 2015 to celebrate 50 years of independence.
“Look at Umar Naseer. He will not say a word. Small companies were set up for just 10 to 15 days during the Independence 50 celebrations. But he accuses other people of corruption,” he said.
“Umar can take me to court. I will prove my claim. He will not go to court.”
Shortly after Falah’s speech, which televised live by the state broadcaster Television Maldives and the pro-government Channel 13, Naseer wrote a letter addressed to Police Commissioner Ahmed Areef and asked for an investigation of Falah’s remarks under the Defamation Act.
The police were authorised to investigate cases of slander and forward cases for prosecution after defamation was re-criminalised by a controversial law passed in August 2016.
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Source URL: Maldives Independent