Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim could be facing trial on a charge of attempting to bribe lawmakers to vote in favour of a no-confidence motion against the speaker of parliament.
Briefing the press on Tuesday afternoon, MP Mariya Ahmed Didi from the JP leader’s legal team, which includes two lawmakers and a former deputy prosecutor general, said the police have forwarded the bribery case to the Prosecutor General’s office.
The business tycoon has also been barred from travelling overseas for a month, she said.
The lawyers denounced the bribery charge as “baseless and politically motivated” and accused the government of seeking a pretext to jail Gasim in a bid to undermine the united opposition.
On March 24, Gasim signed a historic pact with former Presidents Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Mohamed Nasheed and Adhaalath Party leader Sheikh Imran Abdulla to restore democracy in the Maldives.
In the wake of last week’s failed bid to impeach Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed, Gasim was summoned for questioning at the police headquarters for declaring in a speech that the allied parties would grant tickets for the 2019 parliamentary elections to MPs who vote in favour of the no-confidence motion.
A police spokeswoman declined to comment on Gasim’s case.
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Source URL: Maldives Independent