General Politics

Two lawmakers, two bribery cases, but only one arrest?

Former President and ousted leader of ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) Maumoon Abdul Gayoom raised questions over what actions have been taken by the government against a parliamentarian who had confessed to bribing lawmakers with money, amidst the current political upheaval surrounding the arrest of Jumhoory Party’s leader Qasim Ibrahim who is under the same accusation.

In a tweet posted by Maumoon late Saturday, he questioned Maldives Police Service and the Attorney General on what actions they took against said lawmaker, who confessed to the bribery in a parliament, while pointing out that Qasim Ibrahim was arrested under the same charges but without proof. He called on the authorities to accord justice.

Maumoon did not mention the name of the lawmaker, but member of Maldives Development Alliance (MDA) and Hoarafushi MP Mohamed Ismail had admitted to “carrying a sack of money among lawmakers” during a parliament sitting. In a heated debate over the embezzlement scandal of the Maldives’ main tourism promotion body, MP Mohamed Ismail had stood up and confessed that he was the one who went to distribute the bribery money.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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