Leader of Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) and Kaashidhoo MP Abdulla Jabir on Wednesday lodged a police case against former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, over the latter allegedly failing to repay MVR 29 million borrowed from Jabir.
In a letter to Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed, Jabir claimed that Gayoom borrowed the money as campaign funds for the last presidential elections, but had later denied taking such a loan. The local tycoon requested the police to conduct a full investigation, assuring that he would provide evidence in accordance with the investigation's process.
Local media Mihaaru cited Jabir as having previously stated that he had granted MVR 29 million to Gayoom as a loan and with interest. He claimed that the two of them discussed the transaction at a hotel in Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.
Jabir further alleged that Gayoom had mortgaged his residence 'Kinbigasdhoshuge' in capital Male' to take the loan, and warned that he would take ownership of the house if the former president refused to repay the amount.
However, Gayoom's current political party, Maldives Reform Movement (MRM), has refuted Jabir's claims and maintained that he had not loaned any money to either Gayoom or any individual of the party.