Legal Politics

Muizzu: Adeeb needs to be monitored even if under house arrest

Former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Gafoor at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital. (Photo/Twitter/Mariyam Nashwa)

Authorities need to monitor former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Gafoor even if he is now under house arrest, says former Prosecutor General Ahmed Muizzu.

Maldives Correctional Service allowed Adeeb to be transferred to house arrest under the advisement of his doctors last Monday.

Muizzu tweeted this Wednesday that while Adeeb had the right to sufficient health care, authorities must not forget he is a high-profile inmate.

“Adeeb too has the right to health care. But Adeeb is a dangerous criminal. He has embezzled State funds. Police need to keep a careful watch on him and monitor him even while he’s at home,” tweeted Muizzu.

Muizzu said that Adeeb should not be allowed the opportunity to hide or distribute any embezzled funds.

The former VP and Minister of Tourism has been found guilty of involvement in the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) embezzlement scandal and an explosion on board a presidential speedboat former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, former First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim and a number of other high-ranking State officials were on board – and has been sentenced to 33 years in prison.

He is also in the middle of a trial on a number of other charges linked with the MMPRC scandal.

Adeeb was transferred to house arrest after being hospitalized for over two weeks. He underwent surgery to remove kidney stones on November 19.

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