First hearing held into alleged alcohol possession by MDP MPs

The Criminal Court today conducted the first hearing into the case of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MPs Hamid Abdul Ghafoor and Abdulla Jabir allegedly being caught in possession of alcohol last November.

Jabir did not attend the hearing, and prior to concluding the session the judge warned that the court might have to keep him in detention if he did not comply with future summons.

The MDP last week released a statement describing the “politicised police summons and prosecutions” as attempts by the government to obstruct its election campaigning.

Local newspapers present at the Criminal Court reported that the prosecution lawyers told the judge police had received information that a group of people were in possession of and consuming alcohol on the uninhabited island of Hondaidhoo in Haa Dhaalu Atoll.

They subsequently raided the island, where Ghafoor was found in possession of alcohol.

Newspapers reported the prosecution lawyer as telling the court that while police were searching the island, MDP MPs Jabir and Ghafoor and a person identified as Jadhulla Jameel were sitting near a hut that looked like a bar, that Abdulla Jabir was holding a glass containing alcohol, and that Ghafoor was holding a mug which he threw away when he saw the police officers approaching them.

There were three bottles on a chair near the hut which tested positive for containing alcohol. The liquid inside the glasses the three were holding also tested positive for alcohol, media reported.

Ghafoor, given the opportunity to respond to the charges, he requested the opportunity to appoint a lawyer. The judge asked him to appoint one before the next hearing.

A total of 10 people were taken into police custody on November 16 after police raided and searched Hondaidhoo with a court warrant. Officers alleged they found large amounts of suspected drugs and alcohol upon searching the island.

Two Sri Lankan nationals named Raj Mohan and Anoor Bandaranayk, as well as a Bangladeshi named Suhail Rana, were taken into custody following the island raid. Their cases have not been filed at the Prosecutor General’s (PG) Office.

On August 22, criminal court media official Ahmed Mohamed Manik told Minivan News confirmed that the PG had charged Jabir, Ghafoor, and Jadhulla Jameel with smuggling alcohol into the country and consuming it, as well as possession of cannabis and objecting to urine testing.

Former President Mohamed Nasheed’s Press Secretary Mohamed Zuhair and his wife Mariyam Faiza were also charged for objecting to take urine tests, said Manik.

According to the Drug Act, Sections 123(a), 161(a), and 161(b), any person arrested on suspicion of having abused alcohol or narcotics has an obligation to comply with police requests for routine urine examination by promptly providing urine samples, and failure to comply is a criminal offence punishable with a one-year jail sentence.

Additionally, the son of Nasheed’s former special envoy, Mohamed Hamdhoon Zaki,  has been charged for trafficking illegal drugs into the country – the penalty for which is 25 years and a fine of up to MVR10 million (US$650,000).


9 thoughts on “First hearing held into alleged alcohol possession by MDP MPs”

  1. You have now got to review/decide whether possession and consumption of alcohol is a crime.

    Literally almost everyone who has access to it, drinks. That is a fact.

    We have to spend our very limited investigative resources on real criminals. Murderers. Extortionists. Paedophiles. Con-artists.

    But, I guess that's a dream. Still far away. Btw I am not advocating drinking. just trying to focus on priorities here.

  2. What is so big deal about drinking alcohol? Drinking Alcohol is very much like screwing beautiful women, nobody even Mullahs can resist the urge, and when the opportunity comes no one will refrain from being seduced by such beauty but if someone else is getting satisfaction by screwing a women no one likes it and sex becomes a big haraam thing and punishable . The same thing is with alcohol, everybody likes to experience this magnificent life experience but due to restrictions some are vulnerable to drink. Just chill out guys who ever can surpass the fear, let them enjoy their life what is the big deal.

  3. @mary "What is so big deal about drinking alcohol? "

    FACT: Alcohol is a factor in 40% of all violent crimes today (in USA).

    Men and women suffer. Children suffer. Families suffer. Loved ones suffer. People get killed. Alcohol and Crime go hand in hand. It’s simply a fact.


  4. @educating the ignorant on Sun, 1st Sep 2013 5:34 PM

    So what is the factor behind violent crime in the Maldives.

    I see the locals behaving like savages where religion and politics are concerned. Yet I have never heard of any tourist who drink vast amounts of alcohol during their holidays committing any violent crimes.

    So I would suggest your argument falls flat on it's arse.

  5. Hey! Was it "keep him in detention" or ordering the police to produce him before the court.
    I think you did not attend the hearing.All local medias say in another way.

  6. What priorities. This country is now run by a leader who grabbed power by a military coup so his priority will be to annihilate opposition. So Baagi Riyas and Nazim will do exactly that while accumulating haram wealth thru illegal deals.

  7. @ Educating the ignorant
    Pathetic political based charges. As for your stats, no doubt 87% of yours are clearly made up!!! What a load of total rubbish!!!

    Dont forget, 100% of our tourists drink alcohol, are 40% of them criminals???? Of course not you fool.

  8. Educating the ignorance
    If you check your facts about crime and what is the real connection with crimes, alcohol plays a very small roll.
    It comes this way
    1- Poverty
    2 families
    3 genetics
    4 education
    5 alcohol
    May be most criminals use alcohol, they are criminals before they start using alcohol due the first 4 reasons. There are so many decent respected high profile people drinking but they are not criminals. So better educate yourself before educating ignorance.

  9. the law said its illegal to drink alcohol & used drugs. so this people are caught & must pay their crime that's one should be above the law.


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