Smuggler parliamentarian  Raheem in  Courts to  save seat

Smuggler parliamentarian Raheem in Courts to save seat

Colombo District Judge Sandun Vithana issued an injunction on November 13 on All-Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) leader Rishad Bathiuddin Bathiuddin, its General Secretary Shaibdeen Suberideen, and Muslim National Alliance (now known as United National Organisation) leader Mazihudeen Naimulla from removing him from membership. Such a move, with the Secretary General of Parliament being informed, would have led to the loss of his Parliament seat.
The petition to the court is in the name of Mohamed Abdul Raheem Ali Sabry. He is, however, identified in Parliament as Ali Sabry Raheem.
The injunction order prevents those named or their agents from acting based on the documents issued to him until the hearing of the petition is concluded within two weeks. He was represented by Aslam Alawdeen, Harshana M. de Silva, Pulasthi Rupasinghe, Shaheed Barrie, and Faizer Musthapha on the instructions of Sanjeewa Kaluarachchi.\Ali Sabry Raheem, a Puttalam district MP, was detected by Customs attempting to smuggle gold and mobile phones through the VIP Lounge of the Bandaranaike International Airport.
He was detained at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) on May 23 this year, along with a stock of undeclared gold and mobile phones, by Customs officials.
The BIA Customs officials had seized and impounded a total of 3.5kg of undeclared gold and 91 mobile phones from the possession of MP Raheem, who had returned to the country from overseas. MP Raheem was later released after he paid a fine of Rs. 7.5 million.
Raheem was a member of the All-Ceylon Makkal Congress. He was removed on the grounds that he brought disrepute to his party

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