Haveeru shareholders sue chairman for failure to pay share of profits since 1983

Two shareholders of the Maldives’ largest print and online newspaper, Haveeru, have sued the company’s Chairman Mohamed Zahir Hussain alleging he had run the company on his own behalf and failed to pay their shares as stated in a 1983 agreement when the company was first established.

The first hearing into the case was held today in the Civil Court. A lawyer representing two of the shareholders told the court that there had been an agreement made on April 1, 1983 at the establishment of the publication stating that the profits would be share equally among Chairman Zahir Hussain, Ibrahim Rasheed, Abdulla Farooq and Mohamed Naeem.

According to local media, the lawyer told the court that Zahir has been running the company without the involvement of the other three shareholders and in such a way that the other three were not receiving any of the profits.

The suit requests, the court order Zahir pay the amount owed since 1983 to the other shareholders.

The lawyer also requested the court issue an injunction preventing the sale of Haveeru to another party before the case reaches a conclusion, on the understanding it would harm the interests of the other shareholders.

The court has said that it will decide on the request for injunction during the next hearing. Haveeru was represented by former Attorney General Husnu Suood.

Minivan News understands that Haveeru has been placed for sale by its chairman and is soliciting bidders.

The Maldives’ second oldest newspaper, Miadhu News, and its assets were meanwhile bought in April by presidential candidate and Jumhoree Party (JP) Leader and MP Gasim Ibrahim.  Resort tycoon Gasim is also a member of the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) and owner of private broadcaster VTV.


3 thoughts on “Haveeru shareholders sue chairman for failure to pay share of profits since 1983”

  1. As per my knowledge, Haveeru is a sole proprietorship, not a private limited company.
    Minivan news should have verified and confirmed this before writing an article. If true, then how can "shareholders" make a claim for profits?

  2. ISSUE: Two individuals make a claim for proceeds from the sale of Haveeru Media. The two claim a prior agreement gives rise to their claim over the sole proprietorship.

    Is this legal?
    Depends on the contents of the agreement and the nature of their investment during the initial setup of the media business.

    My opinion?
    This is for the courts to decide and is by and large a personal matter between three individuals. The fact that the issue involves the most popular news business in the Maldives in addition to three senior public figures is the only reason for any possible public interest in the matter. The court's decision in the matter may also clarify the confusing nature of the article above.


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