Sri Lankan men sentenced for illegally importing alcohol in Reeko Moosa’s car

Three Sri Lankan nationals involved in the case concerning the discovery of hundreds of bottles of cheap alcohol in a car belonging to Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) Parliamentary Group leader ‘Reeko’ Moosa Manik, have been sentenced to one year in jail.

The Criminal Court identified the three men as Isru Priyankara Disilva Nufehevage, Niroshan Don and Muhaidhee Mohamed.

The four  men were arrested in February last year, while loading 168 bottles of whiskey and menthol gin into a car registered to Moosa, on the same day controversial liquor licensing regulations were unveiled by the Ministry of Economic Development.

Moosa, who was in Singapore at the time of the incident, has maintained that his driver was bribed and the bottles were planted in his car to attack him politically.

Moosa observed at the time that television station DhiTV “has been showing the incident non-stop for 24 hours.”

“The last time I was in an advertisement for a liquid was with my brother in a television ad for Sun-Up,” he said, suggesting that he should now be paid royalties for every bottle sold.

According to the Sunday’s ruling, the expats – including Reeko Moosa’s driver – told the court that the alcohol bottles were “gifts” and that some other people were involved. However, the ruling stated that they were unable provide any evidence to back their story.

Deliberating on the evidence submitted to the court by Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO), the court charged the three men for illegally importing alcohol to Maldives and sentenced each if them to one year imprisonment.

According to the Criminal Court, importing alcohol without a license from the Ministry of Economic Development is prohibited under article 5(b) of Contraband Act of 1975.

Although three men were convicted, the main suspect identified as the leader of the group fled during the police investigation.


8 thoughts on “Sri Lankan men sentenced for illegally importing alcohol in Reeko Moosa’s car”

  1. Pardon my ignorance! Is the writer seriously reporting that these chaps were sentenced FOR illegally 'IMPORTING' LIQUOR into Maldives??? And in a car??

  2. Minivan News is going crazy defending these people. It is very likely that all these bottles were going to Muliyaage. Anni, Maria, Reeko r very party people. And it no secret that Anni is a heavy a drinker

  3. These are not imported by these guys, they are imported earlier by the high officials in the country but these guys were only packing them into a car. These are already imported goods. Why they didn't catch when they were imported? I know how these guys drink in Maldives. Every citizen in Male drinks and they even get drunk when they go to a resort.

  4. Shame on the Maldives for making a point by allowing three men go to jail in order to cover up their own injustices, and the excessive alcohol that locals holds in their possession. If the courts wanted to really elevate the alcohol problem that exists in the Maldives; then the obvious thing would be to go after the high officials or whatever ring smuggled this bit in!!!

  5. Please release them this guys are my friends please forgive them what they did a meaintime I would like to say this guys are not important


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