The tax authority has ordered opposition JP leader Gasim Ibrahim’s Villa Group to pay US$100million within 30 days. However, upon his return to Malé today, Gasim insisted he did not owe MIRA anything, and said the international community was closely monitoring the government’s persecution of opposition leaders.
“I cannot depend on the Prosecutor General to uphold his constitutional responsibilities. Hence, I believe the only means to ensure my rights are defended is a just trial open to the public,” Nazim said in a letter to President Yameen.
The opposition party has claimed weapons, alcohol and petrol bottles found by the police during opposition protests over the weekend were planted to disrupt peaceful protests, and has accused police of colluding with gangs to disperse protesters.
While former President Nasheed’s lawyers have named Judges Didi and Bari as witnesses – noting the pair’s presence at Criminal Court chief judge’s residence during arrest – Judge Didi told Moosa Ali Jaleel’s lawyer last night not to name any judge on the bench as witnesses.
HRCM VP Tholal and his family had started receiving threatening phone calls and messages after police claimed he had called officers traitors on Friday. The police’s accusations are false and “politically charged,” Tholal has said.
Estimating a turnout between 20,000 and 25,000, MDP Chairperson Ali Waheed said the party had decided to end the demonstration at 6pm against many of its supporters’ wishes in order to honor an agreement signed with the JP.
While decisions on domestic matters was up to the Maldives as a sovereign nation, UK High Commissioner John Rankin said reminding the country of its obligations under UN conventions was “a normal matter of diplomatic relations.”
Jumhooree Party Spokesperson Ali Solih says the party “would not be surprised” if Gasim is taken into custody upon his return to the Maldives.
A mass rally organised by the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party-Jumhooree Party (MDP-JP) alliance ended at 6pm today, but scattered protests calling for Nasheed’s release continued in Malé beyond 1:00am.