Majority leader threatens journalist with defamation action

March 26 15:00 2017

Majority Leader Ahmed Nihan threatened a journalist during a televised press conference on Saturday in response to a question about allegations linking ruling coalition lawmakers to the Maldives’ biggest corruption scandal.

Referring to the theft of nearly US$80 million from the state-owned Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation, Raajje TV journalist Azmoon Ahmed asked if there was any truth to claims that most pro-government lawmakers were awarded islands for resort development.

He also asked for a response to claims that MPs were “shackled” and compelled to remain loyal to President Abdulla Yameen because of the corruption scandal.

Nihan said in response: “You said [islands were awarded to] all of the members of our parliamentary group apart from a few. If that turns out be a lie, I say as an answer: get ready to face the anti-defamation law.”

He added: “I am certain it will go there over this problem. For a certainty, apart from those of us doing business, I’m saying this because I am certain that the others don’t have resorts or uninhabited islands. God willing, over this matter, we will then see you in court.”

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Source URL:  Maldives Independent

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