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MP Faris released on bail

30 September 2018, MVT 20:42
Dhiggaru MP Faris Maumoon released on bail. PHOTO:MIHAARU
30 September 2018, MVT 20:42

Parliamentary representative for Dhiggaru constituency Ahmed Faris Maumoon was released on bail following a ruling by the High Court on Sunday.

The lawmaker was serving a sentence of 4 months and 24 days for charges of identity fraud.

Faris was freed for the remainder of his appeal following a request submitted to release him on bail and the deposit of a bail bond amounting to MVR 40 000 at the High Court, made on his behalf.

According to the annoucement made by the judge's bench on Sunday, the court will work to ensure that all hearings, which had commenced earlier in the morning, would conclude before the end of the week.

A second hearing has been scheduled for Monday morning.

In addition to charges of identity theft over an unlawful use of the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) flag and logo at an opposition press conference, Faris also faces charges of corruption and bribery.

The trials for both cases are currently ongoing at the Criminal Court.

Faris' release on bail coincides with the release of his father, former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and the founder of Jumhooree Party Gasim Ibrahim.

Qasim was sentenced to 3 years, 2 months and 12 days in prison for charges of bribery while former President Gayoom was serving a 19-month sentence for obstruction of justice.

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