Former President and Speaker of Parliament, President Mohamed Nasheed has filed a defamation lawsuit against Member of Parliament for Maradhoo constituency Ibrahim Shareef (Mavota Shareef), seeking MVR 10 million in compensation for his allegations of mass murder.
In a press release issued by President Nasheed’s lawyers, they highligtted that MP Shareef posted a tweet on Novermber 25, accusing the former president of planning a massacre, which they claimed had defamed him.
President Nasheed’s legal team stated that they have filed a defamation case at Civil Court seeking adequate compensation for the damage caused de to Shareef’s remarks. The lawyers appealed to court seeking compensation of MVR 10 million for the defamatory slander shared by Shareef on twitter.
Shareef claimed that Nasheed planned to frame former President Maumoon Abdul Qayyoom for massmurder. Shareef’s accusation came in response to a Twitter user, “Hassan Kurusee”’s tweet which claimed that Shareef was removed from MDP membership because he had harassed a female staff member at MDP parliamentary group secretariat.
Shareef stated with certainty that the twitter account by the name “Hassan Kurusee” was operated by President Nasheed. However, President Nasheed previously denied using an account by that name.
Shareef claimed that Nasheed planned a massmurder of fifty people, in an attempt to overthrow President Maumoon’s regime and that the MDP parliamentary group passed a decree to halt such weighted actions. Moreover, Shareef noted that in addition to the decree, MDP reached out to foreign leaders to stop President Nasheed, and their intervention had played a great part in implementing the decree.
Shareef stated that the decree was passed with the approval of all the MDP parliament members present at that time.
According to Shareef, the MDP Parliamentary Group leader, at the time of the decree issuance, had been The President’s Office’s Minister, Mohamed Shihab. In his absence, Shareef confirmed that he had personally signed the letters sent out to foreign leaders, on behalf of the MDP PG.