Jumhooree Party (JP) leader Qasim Ibrahim’s legal team appealed his jail sentence on Sunday.
Head of Qasim’s legal team Hisaan Hussain said the appeal was built on 13 causes, including sentencing Qasim in absentia, violating criminal procedures, and lack of substantial evidence whilst issuing the verdict.
Qasim was found guilty of bribery charges and given a three years, two months and twelve days prison sentence on August 24, while he was admitted at Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH).
The court had also ordered authorities to facilitate Qasim to leave abroad for medical treatment in the court verdict, stating that the sentence given to Qasim on August 24 should not act as a deterrent in him seeking the medical tests and treatment abroad, advised by the doctors.
Maldives Correctional Service (MCS) gave Qasim a 10-day release and permission to travel to Singapore and Qasim left for Singapore on September 6.
However the doctors there recommended that he undergo a coronary angioplasty and said that at Qasim needs to be monitored for three months until his condition is stable.
Qasim’s family had also sent a letter to correctional service along with the relevant medical documents, asking them to extend the period to three months.