Jumhooree Party (JP) leader Qasim Ibrahim’s legal team have expressed concern about the small duration given by authorities for him to seek medical treatment abroad.
Qasim, who has been suffering from heart problems, left for Singapore late Wednesday night after getting a 10-day medical release.
Head of his legal team, Hisaan Hussain said 10 days is too little compared to the duration doctors said Qasim would require for the treatment. She expressed worry that authorities ignored doctors’ recommendations and changed the duration the release.
However, Hisaan said she was happy that, even after almost two weeks since the court order, Qasim is getting to travel abroad for treatment.
She said they haven’t yet appealed Qasim’s prison sentence due to delay in getting the full report of the trial, considering the verdict was issued in absentia. But, she said the sentence will be appealed within the set duration, whether they get the report or not.
Qasim was allowed to travel abroad after 13 days since court ordered authoritis to allow him to seek treatment abroad, and after repeated pleas from his family.
Although government has been under severe scrutiny for the way Qasim is being treated, the Attorney General has appealed the court order in an attempt to block Qasim’s medical trip.
Qasim, who is also the MP for Maamigili constituency, was sentenced to three years, two months and twelve days in prison on bribery charge in absentia close to midnight on August 24. He had been admitted at Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Male’ at the time of the sentencing after collapsing inside the courtroom earlier that day.
He was charged with attempted bribery of MPs, voter influence, and attempting to obstruct official duties under 510, 511, and 540 of the Penal Code, in relation to a speech he gave regarding the opposition’s first attempt to impeach Speaker of Parliament Abdulla Maseeh.
Criminal Court dismissed the first case on July 10, after state attorneys failed to appear at the last half of that day’s hearing. However, Prosecutor General’s office re-submitted the case on July 12, and the MP was tried on bribery charge.