Jumhoory Party leader appeals travel ban

Qasim Ibrahim at a Press Conference PHOTO:Hussain Waheed/Mihaaru

Qasim Ibrahim at a Press Conference PHOTO:Hussain Waheed/Mihaaru

Jumhoory Party (JP)’s leader Qasim Ibrahim has appealed the suspension of his passport, over allegations that he tried to bribe lawmakers, at the High Court.

In a press conference held by Jumhoory Party, Qasim’s lawyer Masthoor Husnee said that after the interrogations at Maldives Police Service, Qasim’s passport is suspended till April 27.

“We do not have any intention to send our client abroad, but the issue has to be appealed as several unlawful things have happened throughout it,” he added.

Noting that such a suspension is not required yet, Masthoor claimed that the right to transportation has been narrowed down for Qasim due to the order.

Masthoor noted that the investigation of the bribery charges has now been completed and added that he has heard that the case has now been forwarded to the Prosecutor General.

Qasim was summoned to Maldives Police Service twice regarding the matter.

Qasim said on media that the investigation is into his public statement to provide certain allowances for all lawmakers who vote against Parliament Speaker Abdulla Maseeh in the recent motion of no confidence against him.

During the speech, Qasim said that the parties of the opposition coalition with Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Jumhoory Part, Adhaalath Party, and supporters from ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) would together assist the lawmakers who vote in favor of passing the motion to remove the speaker from position.

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