MDP MP loses seat after Maldives SC ruling

The verdict came at a hearing of a case filed by a member of PPM, the party of former dictator Maumoon Gayoom.

Male: In a setback to ousted Maldivian
President Mohammed Nasheed, the Supreme Court here on Monday
disqualified an MP from his party in connection with a
financial irregularity case.

The move comes ahead of the crucial session of Parliament
that is scheduled to begin in the first week of March.

The apex court said that Mohammed Musthafa of the
Maldivian Democratic Party was no longer considered to be a
member of parliament as he does not fulfill the criteria
needed to hold the position.

The verdict came at a hearing of a case filed by a member
of the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) of former dictator
Maumoon Gayoom.

Umar Naseer, the PPM member who had filed the case, had
sought to disqualify Musthafa, who was the MP for Thimarafushi
constituency and member of the MDP parliamentary group.

The case filed by Umar states that Musthafa had not repaid
a loan of over USD 31,000 borrowed from the Bank of Credit and
Commerce International (BCCI) which was formerly run in the

Article 73 of the constitution states that an elected
member of parliament would be disqualified if found to have a
decreed debt which is not being paid as provided in the

The verdict was delivered through a majority of four
judges out of the seven presiding over the case.

The remaining three Judges had issued two different
dissenting opinions pertaining to the case.

The Parliament session slated for next month would see a
show of strength by both MDP and the current regime headed by
President Mohammed Waheed Hassan.


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