Maldives Police Service on Friday night arrested and eventually released member of ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) Ibrahim Afraath, and raided the house of PPM's Secretary General appointed by Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom's faction of PPM, Abdulla Aleem, over allegedly bribing lawmakers to vote in favor of the impending no-confidence motion against Deputy Speaker Moosa Manik of the parliament.
Before arresting Afraath, Police raided his home under a court order, which stated that Afraath is suspected to have been hiding the bribery money at his house. Police confiscated his mobile phone before his release.
Afraath is a supporter of Former President Maumoon, who is the ousted leader of PPM. He backed Maumoon during the division of factions in PPM.
Police also confiscated the phone of Abdulla Aleem under a court order during the raid on his residence. The court ordered Police to confiscate Aleem’s mobile for three months’ period with all of his passwords, lock codes and fingerprint.
It is noteworthy that the leader of Jumhoory Party, Qasim Ibrahim, is also arrested and remanded for six days under the same accusation of bribing lawmakers regarding the, in his case, no-confidence motion against the speaker.