Police have sent several cases involving Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) Vice President and MP Ali Waheed to the Prosecutor General’s office.
Deputy Prosecutor General Ahmed Shameem confirmed the office had received several criminal cases concerning Waheed, and would decide in a week whether to take the cases to court.
“There is a process in the Constitution [that if a MP is found guilty of a criminal offence] it is punishable by 12 months in prison. He would be automatically removed from Parliament,” Shameem said.
Police Sub Inspector Ahmed Shiyam said one of the cases concerned Waheed’s claims that police helped protesters during a disturbance outside the president’s residence and MNDF headquarters in January.
He said other cases against Waheed would also be sent to the PG as soon as the police finished their investigations.
Meanwhile Waheed said he was “very confident” that he had not done anything against the law.
”It’s all President Mohamed Nasheed’s doings,” Waheed claimed. ”He is afraid of me.”
He added that he hoped the cases would be sent to the courts as soon as possible.
”They take me to police custody like a medicine they take twice daily,” he said, ”so its difficult to identify which cases they have sent to PG. Ask President Nasheed – I have no idea.”
He maintained that the police decision to detain DRP leaders in during last Thursday’s protests was “politically motivated.”
”That night when they took me Dhoonidhoo I was not doing anything,” he said. ”I was trying to protect our people from being attacked by Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) activists and I was standing in front of DRP office as I am a leader of the party.”