JP leader Gasim returns from exile

Self-exiled opposition Jumhoory Party (JP) leader Gasim Ibrahim on Thursday returned to the Maldives days after he was granted bail by the country's first appellate court following the opposition's overwhelming victory in the presidential elections last month.

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 last September before travelling to Germany.

Gasim had been convicted after the court found him guilty of attempting to bribe fellow lawmakers to back the opposition led censure motion to unseat parliament speaker Abdulla Maseeh in March last year.

President elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih along with top officials of the opposition coalition had received the business tycoon at the airport.