Police again arrested Jumhoory Party (JP) leader and lawmaker of Maamigili constituency Qasim Ibrahim late Thursday.
According to JP’s spokesperson Ali Solih, a large number of police officers arrested Qasim with a court order around 12:10 a.m. from his residence at Maafannuvilla in capital Male.
The court order again read that Qasim is arrested on charges of bribery and working to illicitly topple the government. However, unlike his previous arrest, the court order expanded the reasons for his arrest and was issued on request of Prosecutor General Aishath Bisham.
The order, issued by Chief Judge Abdul Bari Yoosuf of the Criminal Court, accused Qasim Ibrahim of influencing lawmakers to gain 42 signatures for the opposition’s petition to seek a motion of no confidence against Parliament Speaker Abdulla Maseeh soon after the parliament passed a bill that a minimum of 42 signatures are required to submit a no confidence vote against the speaker and deputy speaker. The court order also read that Qasim has been working to influence the armed forces and judicial judges as well as incite fear and discord among the public.
Stating that Qasim’s speeches in the series of opposition rallies being held in JP’s main hub all support the accusations, which are currently under investigation, the court order explained that his freedom would hinder the investigation as well as provide the opportunity for Qasim to tamper with or get rid of evidence. The order added that his presence in the local community is currently considered a danger.
Maldives Police Service in a tweet said that Qasim is arrested again in connection with “an ongoing investigation”.
Meanwhile, Jumhoory Party declared in a statement that Qasim Ibrahim was arrested abruptly while he was at home without any opportunities to meet with his family members or legal team. JP also claimed that Qasim Ibrahim was again being kept in a small cell with little ventilation, an aspect forbidden by the Criminal Court to the police on account of Qasim’s poor health. JP has called on the authorities to correct the problem.
Meanwhile, politicians of the opposition have slammed his second arrest on social media and called on the government to release the lawmaker immediately.
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