Govt seeks compensation from Ex-VP JIhad

A case is filed against the former Vice President Abdulla Jihad, who served as the VP during the previous administration. Jihad is accused of misusing state property and the case is filed seeking compensation of over a million Maldivian Rufiyaa.

The Attorney General Office (AG office) said on Wednesday, during the tenure of president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Qayoom 2 apartments were provided to Jihad from ‘Rehendi 3’ residence as the official residence of the vice president.

The AG office revealed that even after the end of the former administration, Jihad occupied the apartments for 15 months, without any legal bounds, and disobeying the government’s request to vacate the apartments. He vacated the flats on 17th of February 2020.

According to AG office, they have filed a case at Civil Court seeking compensation of MVR 1,109,227.36 as rent, maintenance fee and utility of the apartments. AG office said the compensation is sought because Jihad occupied a government’s property without having any legal right and that the government have the right to seek rent for the apartments.

However, Jihad denied the accusation and said he is ready to provide cooperation for the investigation and said that he vacated the place on the request of the President's Office when the former administration ended. He said he handed over the keys of the apartments to Muleeaage, the presidential palace and official residence of the president. Jihad further said that he is disheartened by the government paying back his over 30-years of service with such an allegation.

Former VP Jihad served as the governor and Finance Minister during the tenure of jailed president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Qayyoon. He was the third VP of the former administration. When Yameen’s administration ended, Jihad joined Jumhoory Party and did some political work with MP Qasim Ibrahim.