JP leadership members to fly 'home' on Wed

Jumhooree Party founder Gasim Ibrahim, the current president of JP Ali Waheed and former vice-president Mohamed Jameel are expected to fly back to homeland on Wednesday.

The JP founder and business tycoon made the decision after Maldives High Court on Sunday evening released him on bail.

Maldives Criminal Court sentenced Gasim Ibrahim on bribery conviction for 3 years, 2 months and 12 days in his absentia.

Gasim Ibrahim was not jailed despite the sentencing due to his ailing health condition. The Villa Group head was moved to Singapore for medical attention. Since then he had flown to Germany seeking asylum.

He was released on bail until the appeal procedure of his bribery conviction case gets processed at High Court.

The Jumhooree Party founder is expected to reach Maldives at 15:00hrs on Wednesday afternoon along with two of his sons.

The other JP leadership members include Ali Waheed and former vice-president Mohamed Jameel; who in recent months have lived in exile at United Kingdom. The two act as political advisors to Gasim Ibrahim.

The former vice-president Mohamed Jameel fled country after he was deposed from the executive responsibilities. Maldives police warranted a search for him on allegations of attempting to jail the outgoing president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

Jumhooree Party's current president Ali Waheed fled the country following the Mayday protest back in 2015.