Police warn legal action after self-exiled ex-VP defies summon

A file photo showing the former vice president Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed during an official ceremony. Jameel had fled to the UK last July days before he was impeached in a controversial vote

A file photo showing the former vice president Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed during an official ceremony. Jameel had fled to the UK last July days before he was impeached in a controversial vote

Police on Tuesday threatened to take legal action against self exiled former vice president and leader of the newly formed opposition coalition Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed over his failure to to present himself in for questioning.

Police had ordered Jameel to come in for questioning over the forged warrant to arrest the president within 14 days which expired last week.

In addition to Jameel, police are also looking to question opposition aligned Raajje TV Chairman over the investigation.

Jameel and Akram are both currently living in exile in the United Kingdom.

Police spoksesperson Ismail Ali insisted that police would not hestitate to pursue legal action against the duo, but did not speicfy the nature of the action.

Meanwhile, Maldives United Opposition (MUO) had alleged that the move to bring in its leader was an attempt by president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom to break up the coalition.

The statement also urged police not to obey illegal orders.

Jameel is ready to cooperate with the police but will only return to the Maldives after president Yameen is arrested for mass corruption, the statement said.

Opposition has continued to link president Yameen to the largest embezzlement of state funds.

Maldives Media and PR Corporation (MMPRC) had mediated the leasing of over 59 different tourist hotels, resorts and yacht marinas out of which 53 had been leased through an agreement with the tourism ministry.

More than USD79 million received by MMPRC was distributed through a private company.

President Yameen had been questioned by the ACC over a transaction that a company involved in the MMPRC scandal had made to his personal account in the Islamic Bank.

“Police must stop being a part of the government’s efforts to destroy political opponents and instead arrest president Yameen over the major corruption allegations against him,” the statement read.

Jameel had fled to the UK last July days before he was impeached in a controversial vote which was alleged to have been orchestrated by his eventual successor Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor who himself was impeached following a blast aboard the presidential speedboat.

Adheeb has now been convicted and sentenced to prison for orchestrating the blast, now confirmed as a plot to kill the president.

The newly formed opposition alliance had said it will seek to oust incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and form an interim government to ensure free and fair elections scheduled in 2018.

Five rival opposition groups had announced a united front to remove president Yameen from office.

The MUO brings together the Maldivian Democratic Party, the Adhaalath Party, two of Yameen’s former deputies and his former defence minister.

Meanwhile, the former chief prosecutor Muhuthaz Muhsin was convicted of terrorism and sentenced to 17 years in prison after the court found him guilty of forging the warrant to arrest the president.

The arrest warrant was issued from the Alif Dhaal Maamigili magistrate court in February. In addition to Muhuthaz, the chief magistrate of the court Ahmed Nihan was also sentenced to prison over the case.

A prosecution witness had testified that the warrant was sought on orders of the ex VP Jameel, an accusation he strongly denies.

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