The national airline of the Maldives, 'Maldivian' filed a financial claim of MVR 3.8 million over outstanding flight costs racked up by former ruling party Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) during the 2018 presidential campaign led by party candidate and former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.
According to Maldivian's Managing Director Mohamed Rizvee, the case was presented to Civil Court last week and is currently being processed.
At the end of the elections, PPM owed the airline a total sum of MVR 4.8 million. However, allegedly to quell to rising media scrutiny, the party made a payment of MVR 1 million to Maldivian.
Maldivian's recently filed claim is for the remainder of the payment owed.
Local media Mihaaru reports sources have affirmed that the flight costs of 3.8 million are largely comprised of the seats purchased to transport an estimated 2,000 supporters of PPM, flown to Malé in order to attend PPM's grand 'Bodu Jalsaa' campaign event.