Mohamed “Juha” Zuhair, who had served as President Mohamed Nasheed’s spokesman, has called for an all-out “ambush” on the Bank of Maldives (BML).
In a tweet that has since been deleted, Zuhair claimed that the BML and “[government] rogues” were “hoarding” United States dollars, to the “detriment of Maldivians abroad”.
He wrote that he had appealed to the MDP, PPM, and PNC. Describing the BML as “enemies”, he publicly called out for criminal gangs to “ambush them”.
Due to the financial crisis in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak, BML placed a cap valued at USD 250 on foreign currency transactions per month. This limit has, however, been relaxed for Maldivian students living abroad.
From his tweet, it is apparent that Zuhair’s contention with the government had been the foreign currency transaction cap.
Zuhair had fled to live in Sri Lanka after he had been arrested while intoxicated on alcohol in an uninhabited island in 2012. The consumption, use, and sale of alcohol is generally prohibited in the Maldives outside tourist resorts.
He has not returned to the Maldives since then.
Zuhair had prominently served as Mohamed Nasheed’s spokesman.