Former MP Ahmed Nihan Hussain Manik has been granted more time to respond to the money laundering and bribery charges pressed against him.
Nihan has to respond to total six charges; one count of money laundering, three counts of accepting a bribe, and two counts of asking for a bribe.
During the court hearing held at the Criminal Court on Thursday morning, Nihan’s lawyer questioned the change in the court section in charge of the case and asked for relevant documents relating to the change.
In response, Judge Ali Adam said the court failed to inform the defense regarding the change due to an administrative error by the registration section, and assured that the relevant documents will be handed over soon.
Nihan was alleged with money laundering and bribery after investigators found that he requested and accepted bribes from former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Gafoor in exchange for considerable influence over the decisions he made as Vilimale’ MP and chair of Parliaments Public Accounts Committee, and used the illegally obtained funds.
The government reiterated that none of these funds were reported on his financial statements.
Government has requested the court’s permission to seize the assets obtained by Nihan through money laundering and bribery.