Singapore High Court has slammed a massive fine on Komandoo MP and Chairman of ADK Group Ahmed Nashid for contempt of court, when he failed to attend court after receiving summons.
According to Singapore news sites, Nashid was fined for failing to comply with court dates issued by Singapore High Court.
The court ruled Nashid’s failure to show up in court as contempt of court and fined him by USD 12,000 (MVR 185,040).
The court is examining a case regarding a loan taken by ADK Travels from a Singaporean company six years ago, which he failed to repay.
The USD 1.5 million loan was taken by ADK Travels in 2011 from a Singaporean investment company Fomento Associated Singapore Holdings, which he failed to settle.
Nashid was sent summons several times to attend Singapore High Court as he acted as the personal guarantor for the loan.
According to Singapore media, Nashid was given till 2014 to settle the debt, when Fomento sued ADK Travels. However, when no payments were made, Fomenta filed the case with the court. This time it applied to examine Nashid in court to determine any assets that could be called in to settle the debt.
Although the court then scheduled a hearing for July 8, 2015, Nashid again failed to attend the court.
After failing to appear in court on several occasions, the Singapore High Court scheduled a hearing for application of contempt and ordered Nashid to attend the hearing set for July. However Nashid failed to attend that hearing as well.
Nashid apologized for failing to attend the court session, explaining that he was unable to attend because of parliamentary sittings and political meetings in Male’. The court accepted Nashid’s explanation and scheduled a hearing for November 6. Nashid was not in attendance that day as well, and his lawyers requested the court to decrease his fine.
The judicial commissioner found Nashid guilty and stated that he deliberately did not attend court. The judicial commissioner then decided to proceed with the fine.
The Singapore High Court has also scheduled a hearing of the case for December.