Youth Minister Hassan Latheef has said that police have commenced another investigation into the activities of People’s Alliance (PA) party leader Abdulla Yameen and Jumhoory Party (JP) leader Gasim ‘Buruma’ Ibrahim.
Latheef said police had requested the criminal court issue a warrant for the arrest warrant of the pair, but this was denied.
”The criminal court declined to issue the warrant saying there were no grounds to issue an arrest warrant for the second time,’’ said Latheef. ”But this is a whole different case.’’
Latheef said that when police requested the criminal court issue the arrest warrant, the court referred to the recent case and issued a statement signed by the chief judge of the criminal court denying the police request.
”The case concerns the influence of independent commissions,’’ Latheef said. ”We do not accept the criminal court’s denial of the police request.’’
He said that attempts by police to investigate allegation of corruption and bribery were not intended to threaten and intimidate political figures.
”We are currently monitoring to see if there are any judges involved in corruption and bribery,’’ Latheef said, adding that ”we are not saying that judges have been involved in such activity.’’
He declined to reveal the names of the judges being observed and the courts they belonged to, claiming it would obstruct the observation.
”If there are fair and independent judges in courts, we will succeed in this case,’’ Latheef claimed.
Under Secretary for the President’s Office, Ibrahim Rasheed, promised the government would listen to the voice of people.
”We will investigate any act of aggression,’’ he said. ”The government will not cease its effort to eliminate corruption and bribery.”