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JP founder Qasim Ibrahim to return to Maldives on Thurs

Fathmath Shaahunaz
03 October 2018, MVT 11:49
Jumhooree Party's founder Qasim Ibrahim (L) and recently appointed president Ali Waheed.
Fathmath Shaahunaz
03 October 2018, MVT 11:49

Jumhooree Party's founder Qasim Ibrahim and president Ali Waheed are to return to Maldives on Thursday afternoon, the party has announced.

The two were initially set to return to Maldives on Wednesday. However, as Qasim and Waheed are currently living abroad under political asylum, their return was delayed due to some legal issues they had to settle first, according to JP.

Meanwhile, former Vice President Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed was also scheduled to return with Qasim Ibrahim on Wednesday. He has postponed his return to coming Saturday.

Qasim, who was convicted to three years in jail on bribery charges, has been living in Germany under political asylum. He decided to return to Maldives after the High Court recently released him on bail.

Ali Waheed, the former chairperson of Maldivian Democratic Party, sought political asylum in the UK after he was jailed over the major opposition rally held on May 1, 2015.

Dr. Jameel has been living in self-exile in the UK after he was impeached by the parliament. He was the first vice president during incumbent President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's tenure.

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