Jailed former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb’s lawyer has slammed a report in Vnews alleging that his client was transferred to a police custodial centre Wednesday after an attempt to escape from the high-security Maafushi prison.
In a statement on Friday, Moosa Siraj said Adeeb has never attempted or planned to escape from prison, condemning Vnews for failing to contact the convict’s family and basing its report on an unnamed government source.
“Neither the police nor [the Maldives Corrections Service] has informed Ahmed Adeeb or his family that he was transferred to Dhoonidhoo for such a reason,” he added.
But Vnews had reported that Adeeb’s family was informed that he was moved to the police detention centre for security seasons.
According to newspaper Mihaaru, Home Minister Azleen Ahmed instructed the MCS in a confidential letter last week to move Adeeb to the detention centre.
A police spokeswoman confirmed Adeeb’s transfer to the Maldives Independent but declined to provide further details. She was also unable to explain whether the prisons authority is authorised to transfer an inmate serving a jail sentence to police custody.
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Source URL: Maldives Independent