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Police raids on JP leader’s home, offices turn up no evidence

Fathmath Shaahunaz
16 April 2017, MVT 20:31
Jumhoory Party leader Qasim Ibrahim outside Villa Shipping and Trading Company office building after a police raid. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
16 April 2017, MVT 20:31

Police on Sunday raided Jumhoory Party leader Qasim Ibrahim’s residence and company office for evidence to back their charges against the latter but their efforts were in vain.

The police inspection of Qasim’s home of Maafannuvilla in Maafannu ward of capital Male and his company headquarters of Villa Building took place Sunday afternoon. Speaking to reporters afterwards, Qasim Ibrahim said that Police has stated in writing that they did not discover any evidence for their allegations.

The famous tycoon and lawmaker of Maamigili constituency is being accused of attempting to bribe parliamentarians, influence armed forces, and illicitly working to topple the government.

Police also confiscated Qasim Ibrahim’s mobile phone on Sunday under a Criminal Court order.

One of the lawyers of Qasim’s legal team, Hisaan Hussain, confirmed that Police informed Qasim that they did not find any evidence in his house or offices.

Following the raid, convicted Former President Mohamed Nasheed condemned the action in a tweet that read, “Police raid of Hon. Qasim Ibrahim's home and offices is unacceptable. President Yameen must cease this illegal political harassment.”

The police raids came amidst the ongoing trials of Police’s charges against Qasim Ibrahim. He was arrested on April 6 under a court order and remanded for six days before the High Court overturned his remand last week.