Former Thimarafushi Constituency MP Mohamed Musthafa has today made the payment to the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) in accordance with the Supreme Court.
Supreme Court ruling stated that the loan of $31,321 (Rf481,592) taken by Musthafa from Bank of Credit and Commerce International had not being paid as provided in the previous judgment, hence he had been disqualified as a member of parliament.
Earlier today Musthafa had tried to pay his dues to the Civil Court but the court refused to accept the payment stating that he had no debt payable to the court.
Musthafa had declared that he would be contesting for the Thimarafushi bi-election and thus was required to clear his debt before he could compete.
Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) which Musthafa represents would be holding the Thimarafushi constituency primary tomorrow.
In response to questions of his attempt to make the payment to the Civil Court earlier today, Musthafa responded that the Supreme Court ruling had failed to mention that the debt was payable to MMA.
In addition, the earlier ruling had been made by the Civil Court and under normal practice in review cases, payments were required to be made to the lower courts, Musthafa added.
Musthafa also revealed that he had put forward a request to the Department of Judicial Administration to obtain a document stating that he no longer had a decreed debt which would be submitted to the Elections Commission in due course.