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Special Ops police take over security of Adeeb’s prison cell

The security control of jailed former vice president Ahmed Adeeb’s prison cell has been assigned to Special Operations police.

SO officers began managing the cell’s security on Thursday, a source told

Adeeb’s cell was raided last week by police on suspicion that he was a hiding a mobile phone and using it to contact people to give instructions on tweeting about his health condition.

The raid was conducted by a police forensic team from the capital, whereas previous raids have been conducted by police teams stationed at the facility where Adeeb is detained.

Police spokesman Ahmed Shifan declined to provide information about the raid.

Adeeb, who is serving a 33-year prison sentence on multiple counts of terrorism and corruption, is in need of urgent medical care, according to his family and lawyers.

Doctors have advised he be treated abroad for conditions such as internal cysts, kidney stones and glaucoma, but the government has refused to allow him to travel, claiming that he may flee.

Opposition figures and international organisations have called on the government to authorise medical leave for Adeeb.

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