Former president Mohamed Nasheed has called on President Abdulla Yameen to end the “illegal political harassment” of Jumhooree Party (JP) leader Qasim Ibrahim.
Just moments after police on Sunday raided Qasim’s residence, Maafannu Villa, and Villa Building where Qasim’s Villa Group offices are located, Nasheed sent out a tweet saying that it was unacceptable.
The raid was conducted under an order issued by the Criminal Court at 1 p.m. in relation to the ongoing court case against Qasim.
Qasim, who is also the MP for Maamigili Constituency, has been charged with “attempting to offer bribes”, “influencing the official conduct of a public official” and “intimidating, improperly influencing a voter” – over a public speech he gave in which he invited Members of Parliament to join the opposition movement and vote to remove the Speaker of Parliament.
After the raid at Maafannu Villa, Qasim's legal team member Hisan Hussain, who was the only one allowed in the residence during the raid, revealed that police could not find any evidence to back the allegations.
The search comes after Qasim said at the opposition movement rally on Saturday night that they have received the 42 signatures required to submit a no-confidence motion against Speaker of Parliament Abdulla Maseeh.