Jabir to sue State for USD 50M in damages

Owner of Yacht Tours, the former MP for Kaashidhoo constituency, Abdulla Jabir. (File Photo/Sun)

Local politician and businessman Abdulla Jabir has announced he will sue the State for USD 50 million in compensation and damages for illegally revoking his passport.

Civil Court last Tuesday ruled Maldives Immigration revoked the passport of Jabir, now Special Envoy of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, in 2017, unlawfully.

Speaking to ‘Sun’ regarding the Civil Court verdict, Jabir said he plans on suing the State for USD 50 million in compensation and damages.

“I am a businessman first and foremost. All my businesses came to a standstill due to that. I was denied my right to travel. I had to remain stranded in the UK,” said Jabir.

Jabir said his lawyers were preparing a lawsuit to file against the State.

Maldives Immigration revoked Jabir’s passport on May 10, 2017 following an investigation by Maldives Police Service.

The Civil Court, last Tuesday, ruled Maldives Immigration does not have the legal authority to revoke passports of Maldivian citizens. And the decision therefore violates Article 19 and Article 14 of the Maldivian Constitution.