Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim was arrested at midnight Friday from his home in Malé on fresh charges of bribery and attempting to overthrow the government.
According to the second arrest warrant granted by Chief Judge Abdul Bari Yousuf, the business tycoon is accused of influencing lawmakers to sign a no-confidence motion to remove the speaker and deputy speaker of parliament. He was also accused of influencing judges as well as police and military officers and of inciting fear and sowing discord among the public.
The police claimed that Gasim was encouraging the alleged actions in his speeches at nightly opposition rallies. Leaving him free would impede the investigation as he could hide evidence and influence witnesses, the warrant stated.
Gasim also poses a threat to society, the police said.
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Source URL: Maldives Independent