Legal Politics

Jumhoory Party leader maintains innocence in face of bribery charge

Qasim pictured after his trial on Sunday Morning PHOTO:Hussain Waheed/Mihaaru

Lawyers of Jumhoory Party’s leader and lawmaker of Maamigili constituency, Qasim Ibrahim, proclaimed that whereas Qasim did speak about the no confidence motion against Parliament Speaker Abdulla Maseeh in an opposition rally, he did not commit any bribery offence.

Three charges have been pressed upon Qasim in relation to the recent no confidence motion, including attempted bribery of lawmakers to gain votes to remove Speaker Maseeh from position. Responding to the chargers, lawyer Hisaan Hussain said that Qasim denies the charges and that he did not commit bribery.

Upon the judges and prosecution questioning the action denied and the reason, Hisaan said that it is upon the prosecution to prove the charges and further answers shall only be given once prosecution provides evidence.

Judges then asked whether Qasim had spoken during the specific rally mentioned in his charge and whether he had made such remarks. Hisaan replied that Qasim do not deny speaking at the rally, but the accusation can only be verified with a recording of it.

When Qasim was given the opportunity to answer, he replied that he does not wish to say anything and that his lawyers would speak on behalf of him.

In addition, upon request the defendant was given the opportunity to view the recording of the rally in which Qasim had spoken. Judges urged both sides to be well prepared for the next hearing scheduled for Thursday.

Meanwhile, Qasim’s lawyers pointed out some procedural issues, saying that the hearing should not be continued. The first issue was that certain documents and recording of Qasim’s remarks were not provided to Qasim’s lawyers. Prosecution responded saying that no documents or evidence is confidential and, hence, they can be shared with the defendant.

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