Colombo: Maldivian police arrested two
parliamentarians -- one from the ruling party and the other
from the opposition -- on suspicion of bribing a judge with
USD 6,000 and free air tickets.
The arrests were made late last night after a court
issued arrest warrants against them.
Lawmakers Mohamed Mustapha, from the ruling Maldivian
Democratic Party, and Ahmed Nazim from the opposition People`s
Association Party, were arrested for allegedly bribing a civil
court judge with USD 6,000 and free air tickets.
Nazim was arrested earlier this month and placed under
house arrest in a separate investigation, in which he is
accused of bribing fellow lawmakers to vote against government
bills in parliament.
Abdulla Yameen, another lawmaker from the People`s
Association Party, and brother of former President Abdul
Gayoom, is also being investigated for allegations of
corruption and vote-buying in parliament.
"This is a police matter and the police have said they
are determined to root out corruption, wherever it is found,"
Press Secretary Zuhair said.