Criminal Court on Wednesday cancelled the conditions set for Jumhooree Party (JP) leader Qasim Ibrahim’s release from detention.
Qasim was released on seven conditions. They included: cooperating with the investigation; not travelling abroad without written consent from police; refraining from talking in a manner that could disrupt societal peace and refraining from people who disturb social peace; not doing anything to lose evidence or manipulate evidence; not using any property of Qasim to hold talks that could disrupt societal peace; not giving his property for such talks and meetings; and not talking about the three state powers or their leaders in a way that could create discord among the people.
The court’s document, sent to Qasim on Wednesday, stated that police sent a letter to the court apologizing for “mistakenly” saying that the case against Qasim was not sent to the Prosecutor General’s Office, therefore the conditions have been cancelled.
This comes at a time Qasim’s legal team has requested the High Court to cancel the conditions set for his release.
Qasim was released on May 10, after more than 19 days behind bars, when he was produced in court for a decision regarding his detention period.
Meanwhile, the PG Office has rejected the case against Qasim and sent it back to the police citing lack of evidence to press charges.
Qasim, who is also the MP for Maamigili constituency, was investigated for allegedly attempting to influence fellow parliamentarians in an effort to get 42 signatures required to re-submit a no-confidence motion against pro-government Speaker of Parliament Abdulla Maseeh.
The JP leader is already on trial on three charges for allegedly attempting to bribe parliamentarians and influencing no-confidence vote taken in March against Maseeh.