Ref: PR -2017-04-005
Jumhooree party calls on the government to immediately release Hon. Qasim Ibrahim who has been arrested against the law
Jumhooree Party condemns in the strongest terms the illegal arrest of its Leader and Member of Parliament for Maamigilee Constituency, Hon. Qasim Ibrahim and calls on the Government to unconditionally and immediately release him.
Clause 1 of Article 13 of the law on the Rights and Immunities of Parliament Members states that unless caught in the act of a criminal offence, a Member of Parliament can only be arrested by a warrant issued by a superior or a higher court at the request of the Prosecutor General. However, in contravention to the law, Hon. Qasim Ibrahim was arrested by the Police on a warrant issued by the Criminal Court at the request of the Maldives Police Service rather than by the Prosecutor General, while he was at home with his family. This is a clear breach of the law. After Hon. Qasim Ibrahim’s unlawful arrest, the Criminal Court has further passed a sentence to remand him for six days. Hon. Qasim Ibrahim has been arrested against the law and blatantly deprived of due process.
In addition, Jumhooree Party strongly denounces the actions of the Majlis Secretariat acting on the orders of the regime-aligned Speaker, for refusing to accept the letter sent by the Jumhooree Party Parliamentary Group informing the Speaker of his arrest, which is against the Rules of the House.
The party is extremely concerned that Hon. Qasim Ibrahim has been arrested ahead of a crucial vote of no confidence against the Deputy Speaker of the Majlis, which has been scheduled for the 11th of April 2017.
Jumhooree Party also calls on the Government to immediately launch an investigation into the circumstances of Hon. Qasim Ibrahim’s unlawful arrest and detention in jail.
9 April 2017