Plot to frame Jumhoory Party leader of weapons possession: lawyers

Qasim pictured after his trial on Sunday Morning PHOTO:Hussain Waheed/Mihaaru

Qasim pictured after his trial on Sunday Morning PHOTO:Hussain Waheed/MihaarMNDF

The lawyers of Jumhoory Party leader Qasim Ibrahim claimed on Monday that they have received information of a plot to frame Qasim of keeping two pistols in one of his properties.

In a statement released by the lawyers, they stated that the issue has now been filed at Maldives Police Service, Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) and the Prosecutor General by a written document.

According to the statement, an individual confronted Qasim last week and told him that Qasim is expected to be charged with terrorism by framing him after planting two pistols in one of his properties.

The unknown person also showed him pictures of the two pistols which is said to be planted.

Meanwhile, the former Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim is sentenced to 11 years in prison after he was convicted of weapons possession over a hand gun found in his residence. However, neither his DNA nor fingerprints was found on the weapon. Nevertheless, the Supreme Court had upheld the verdict of the High Court sentencing Nazim to jail, despite new evidence of DNA recovered from the pistol that matched the DNA profile of former Vice President Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor, who is currently serving a jail sentence of 15 years over an assassination attempt on the president last year September.

The Prosecutor General has also pressed three charges against Qasim over allegedly bribing lawmakers in relation to the no confidence motion recently sought against Parliament Speaker Abdulla Maseeh,

Qasim has been arrested in another case while the trials of his initial case have already begun.

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