Jumhoory Party (JP)’s leader Qasim Ibrahim on Tuesday denied accusations of bribing parliament members and proclaimed that he is not afraid of imprisonment over false allegations.
Qasim is being interrogated regarding his earlier public promise of additional allowances to all lawmakers that voted in favour of the no confidence motion against Parliament Speaker Abdulla Maseeh in late March. It is said that the case against Qasim is to be soon forwarded to the Prosecutor General’s Office but the development has not been officially confirmed yet.
Speaking at a press conference held at JP’s main hub on Tuesday afternoon, Qasim Ibrahim said that he has heard rumours that he will be jailed for three years under these allegations. He highlighted that he along with his business and staff are being wronged in the middle of this political unrest.
Claiming that his actions remain within the boundaries of the Constitution, Qasim stated that he had had to back the motion of no confidence against Speaker Maseeh as several things were happening against the Constitution within the parliament, as well as to follow the three-line-whip released by Jumhoory Party to pass the vote.
“I didn’t bribe any lawmakers. My party and other opposition parties announced a three-line-whip in favor of the motion. As the Parliamentary Group Leader of JP, I had to urge to vote in favor of the whip line. It is not the same as a thief stealing something,” said Qasim.
He questioned whether asking party lawmakers to vote in favor of a party’s whip line can be considered wrongful or as “bribery”.
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