Nasheed’s defamation suit accepted

Former President and Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed being welcomed in GDh. Thinadhoo. | Photo: Gaafu

Malé, Maldives – Maldives Civil Court has accepted a civil suit filed by former President and Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Nasheed seeking MVR 10 million in damages for defamation caused by a tweet by MDP MP Ibrahim Shareef (Mavota).

Shareef tweeted on November 25 that Nasheed had planned to kill fifty people to overthrow President Maumoon’s government and blame their deaths on President Maumoon. The then MDP parliamentary group passed a resolution to stop the atrocity according to Shareef.

Shareef added that Nasheed tried to kill 50 people by bringing in mercenaries. The plan was to bring the mercenaries as journalists and kill 50 people during a massive MDP demonstration, Shareef alleged.

The law firm, which filed the defamation suit on behalf of Nasheed, said Shareef had committed an act of defamation with his tweet and due to which Nasheed had filed the civil suit seeking compensation for the damage caused by the defamation.

Nasheed had earlier said he would not take anyone to court no matter how much he was politically criticised. However, he filed the defamation suit because he wanted to expose the truth about Shareef’s allegations of a serious crime involving the claims of murder of many people.