Jabir seeks compensation from MDP after expulsion

Kaashidhoo MP Abdulla Jabir (L) with then-President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (R). (Photo/President's Office)

Kaashidhoo MP Abdulla Jabir has filed a lawsuit seeking compensation from the MDP, after he was expelled from the party last week, mere days after he won the party’s ticket for re-election to the Parliament.

He filed the lawsuit with the Civil Court, on Tuesday.

In addition to compensation for damages, Jabir also asked the court to issue an injunction, seeking to hold the Kaashidhoo ticket, which MDP gave to Abdulla Naseer, who served as legal undersecretary at the President’s Office during the last administration.

Jabir argued that the ticket was taken from him in violation of Article 20 of MDP’s standing orders.

He also accused the party of violating electoral rights, by taking his ticket against the wishes of the people of Kaashidhoo, expelling him from the party, and then giving the ticket to someone who did not even contest the party’s primary.

He argued that failure to prevent another candidate using the ticket, until the MDP’s appeal committee makes its decision, would infringe on his constitutional rights.

MDP expelled Jabir from the party, citing disciplinary issues.

He has been repeatedly caught on video, both in and out of Parliament, while speaking foul language and making obscene gestures.

He has also been repeatedly ejected from the Parliament’s chambers over such incidents.

He filed his candidacy for the upcoming elections as an independent candidate, on Tuesday.