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Jailed ex-VP cut off from all medical services, family claims

Ex-VP Ahmed Adheeb escorted back to Dhoonidhoo detention centre after his preliminary hearing at the Criminal Court. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU

Ex-VP Ahmed Adheeb escorted back to Dhoonidhoo detention centre after his preliminary hearing at the Criminal Court. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU

Maldives Correctional Service (MCS) has discontinued all medical services to the now jailed former Vice President Ahmed Adheeb, his family claimed on Sunday.

In a statement that was published by Adheeb’s family, they claimed that MCS’ decision to deny him medical treatment came after his family had refused to allow MCS to give an injection to the former vice president.

MCS had wanted to give an injection to Adheeb before a CT scan; however, his wife refused to allow the injection, as a CT scan was not a part of his usual medical routine, the statement read.

Further, when his family told MCS that they will allow the procedure to be carried out after meeting with the physician who recommended the injection and the CT scan, MCS had refused the meeting.

“When we objected to the medical treatment, [MCS] informed us that they have now cut off all medical treatment for Adheeb,” the family said.

MCS allegedly claimed that Adheeb, who had also served as the tourism minister, had agreed to the procedure. However, his family had deemed the move to be suspicious because MCS specifically asked his family not to disclose any information regarding the medical procedures to the media.

“We feel that MCS is withholding information and trying to get us to sign something by misleading us.”

Adheeb’s family had also called out on state institutions’ lack of initiative in taking action against the rights violations that take place in prison.

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