Police quiz JP leader Gasim over bribery allegations

Police on Wednesday summoned and questioned the now opposition aligned Jumhoory Party (JP) leader Gasim Ibrahim over bribery allegations, the business tycoon has said.

The Maamigili lawmaker told reporters later that police had questioned him over a recent speech he had given during a JP rally where he was alleged to have hinted at possible bribing of fellow lawmakers.

Gasim during his speech had vowed to assist re-election of lawmakers if they voted in favour of ousting parliament speaker Abdulla Maseeh.

"Somebody had filed a police complaint over my speech. I was treated well by the police. They just asked me questions. They even said I won't have to come down to police station again," the business tycoon added.

Gasim is the latest top opposition figure to have faced a possible backlash after the failed bid to unseat the speaker on Monday.

Amid the chaos in parliament on Monday, the government had comfortably defeated the motion.