Jumhoree Party (JP) leader Qasim Ibrahim will be presented to the Criminal Court at 4:00 p.m. on Friday evening.
Qasim was arrested at his home early Friday morning and taken to Dhoonidhoo prison for a second time.
Sources say the Criminal Court will decide on a remand period this evening.
Qasim’s legal team said they plan to appeal on Sunday whatever remand period is issued.
His bodyguard has said that police arrested him at his home after handing over a piece of paper assumed to be a court order. No one other than Qasim saw the contents of the letter, he added.
Qasim was first arrested on April 6.
At the time, JP said it was a clear violation of Article 13(a) of the Parliamentary Privileges Act, which states that a member of parliament cannot be arrested for a criminal offense unless he/she is caught at the time of the criminal act. Under any other circumstances, an arrest warrant, from a superior court or a top court, is required to arrest or detain a member of parliament for a criminal investigation. The investigative body has to file the arrest warrant request through the prosecutor general.
High Court had ordered to release Qasim, declaring that the Criminal Court's detention order was unlawful and thus invalid.
Qasim is being charged with attempted bribery, voter influence, and attempting to obstruct official duties.