MP for Kendhikulhudhoo Ahmed Easa is slated to stand trial next week on a domestic abuse charge filed by his ex-wife.
The trial of MP Easa has been set for next Monday, June 21st, according to the Criminal Court.
Asra Naseem, his wife at the time, had accused him of physical abuse and death threats against their child. However, Asra later said that she wished to drop the case, but the authorities stated that the case would proceed regardless of her wishes since MP Easa was charged with a criminal offense.
After the case was brought for prosecution, the Prosecutor General’s office reviewed it and filed charges against MP Easa within two days.
If the charges against MP Easa are substantiated, he could face up to 6 months in prison or a fine of MVR 24,000. However, he will not lose his parliamentary seat since the constitution requires a sentence of more than 12 months for a member of parliament to forfeit his seat.
This comes after the Criminal Court denied an arrest warrant requested by the Maldives Police Service, stating that while there are reasons why he is accused of domestic violence, there is no lawful method to release an order for his arrest.
MP Easa has also resigned as chair of the Committee on Social Affairs after being accused of domestic violence.
After the allegation, MP Easa released a statement announcing his resignation from the committee. He also denied any wrongdoings, claiming that he has not broken any laws or regulations in the country.