Gasim Ibrahim has been remanded for six days by the criminal court on charges of bribery as international concern grew of the opposition lawmaker’s arrest.
The defence counsel for the leader of the Jumhooree Party said his arrest on Thursday and subsequent remand was unlawful, claiming the police have no evidence to back their charge that he bribed lawmakers in the unsuccessful vote to remove speaker Abdulla Maseeh in March.
The criminal court gave the police six days “to find evidence,” lawyers said on Friday, pledging to appeal the ruling on Sunday.
Remand hearings are closed to the media and the public.
The police declined to comment citing an on going investigation.
Gasim’s arrest follows an intensified crackdown on the opposition by President Abdulla Yameen, who is battling a newly minted coalition between Gasim’s JP, his brother and former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s faction of the ruling Progressive Party of the Maldives and former President Mohamed Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party.
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Source URL: Maldives Independent