Criminal Court schedules, then cancels MP Jabir’s alcohol possession hearing

The Criminal Court has today scheduled and canceled MP Abdulla Jabir’s alcohol possession hearing.

Jabir, currently serving a one year sentence for a failure to provide urine to police for testing, was given permission by the court to leave the country for three months for medical treatment. He is currently in Malaysia and is due back on July 25.

A hearing in the case was scheduled and canceled previously on April 19, because he was receiving treatment at the Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH).

CNM has reported that the Ministry of Home Affairs Umar Naseer has said Jabir will be brought to Maldives under police custody if he fails to return in the authorized time period.

Jabir was was arrested from a private picnic island Hondaidhoo in November 2012 on suspicion of alcohol and drug use.

He was acquitted of cannabis posession charges in February 2014.