Legal Politics

Maldives denies to shift jailed ex-VP to house arrest for Ramadan

Former VP Ahmed Adheeb escorted to a speedboat on his return to Maafushi Prison after a hearing at the Criminal Court. FILE PHOTO/MIHAARU

Maldives Correctional Service declined to shift jailed former Vice President Ahmed Adheeb to house arrest for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

In a letter to Adheeb’s attorney Moosa Siraj on Monday, Correctional Service stated that the institute cannot comply with Adheeb’s request, which was filed April 29, to be shifted to house arrest for Ramadan. However, Correctional Service did not provide a reason.

Adheeb’s lawyer Siraj had requested the Commissioner of Prisons Ahmed Shihan in writing to temporarily turn over Adheeb to house arrest, noting that the Maldives bestows certain leniencies on inmates during the fasting month. He highlighted that Adhaalath Party’s leader Imran Abdulla, who is convicted of terrorism, and the former defence minister Mohamed Nazim, who is convicted of weapons possession, have both been shifted to house arrest this Ramadan.

Siraj also stressed that the former vice president is suffering from multiple health conditions, including glaucoma, an internal cyst and kidney stones. Hence, Adheeb’s family have also requested permission multiple times to send Adheeb abroad for medical treatment, to which authorities have objected.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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