Police ask 'fugitive' JP leader Gasim to come in for questioning

Police on Tuesday summoned opposition Jumhoory Party (JP) leader Gasim Ibrahim to come in for questioning over his refusal to return to serve out the remainder of his prison sentence after he was allowed to go abroad for medical care.

The business tycoon who now lives in self imposed exile in Germany after he was convicted of bribery and sentenced to over three years in prison in August last year.

Gasim was granted medical leave to travel to Singapore where he had undergone a minor heart surgery in September before travelling to Germany.

Despite his leave expiring in late September, the former lawmaker had not returned initially claiming that no airline would allow him on board an air craft due to his ailing condition.

Police on Tuesday delivered the summon to Gasim via Twitter asking him to be present for questioning on Monday. A recent amendment to the regulation allows police to deliver summons on social media platforms.

In addition to Gasim, police had also asked self-exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed to come in for questioning.

The reasons behind the sudden move against the two self-exiled leaders remain unclear but comes days after Nasheed officially launched his campaign for the upcoming presidential elections.

Gasim meanwhile is working with the now united opposition on nominating a single candidate to stand for the elections slated for September 23.