Legal Politics

Qasim held “hostage’ by govt, say opposition lawmakers

Qasim being taken back to Dhoonidhoo where he is kept in Police custody after his remand trial PHOTO:Hussain Waheed/Mihaaru

Opposition lawmakers proclaim that the arrested leader of Jumhoory Party (JP) and lawmaker of Maamigili constituency Qasim Ibrahim is being held hostage and threatened to charge everyone involved in his arrest with terrorism.

The Criminal Court on Friday added six-days to Qasim’s remand after Police arrested him on Thursday night. He is detained in Dhoonidhoo Detention Centre in Kaafu atoll Dhoonidhoo island.

Opposition lawmakers assert that Qasim was arrested against the Constitution and the privileges accorded to lawmakers. Hence, they have urged authorities to release Qasim immediately.

“Qasim was arrested against Subject 13 (a) of the Parliamentary Privileges Act. He wasn’t arrested during an act of crime. It was done by Maldives Police Service under a court order. So if this is a mistake, Qasim should be granted immediate release,” proclaimed Deputy Leader of Jumhoory Party, the former Police Commissioner and current lawmaker of Kinbidhoo constituency, Abdulla Riyaz.

The act referred by the opposition states that unless a lawmaker is found in the act of  a criminal offence, he or she may only be arrested for a criminal charge by an order of a superior court or a court above it. Moreover, such a request may only be made by the Prosecutor General (PG) if a lawmaker’s arrest is required by any investigative forces.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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