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Parliament committee summons leaders of authorities in Adeeb's case

Shahudha Mohamed
12 June 2019, MVT 15:42
Commissioner of Prisons Abdulla Munaz (R), Minister of Home Affairs Imran Abdulla, Police Commissioner Mohamed Hameed and Controller of Immigration Mohamed Ahmed Hussain (Hanafee) -- the four of them will be summoned to National Security Committee for permitting ex-VP Adeeb to leave abroad for medical treatment. PHOTO: MIHAARU
Shahudha Mohamed
12 June 2019, MVT 15:42

Parliament Committee on National Security on Wednesday decided to summon leaders of relevant government authorities for questioning over permitting former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb to leave abroad for medical treatment.

Commissioner of Prisons Abdulla Munaz, Minister of Home Affairs Imran Abdulla, Police Commissioner Mohamed Hameed and Controller of Immigration Mohamed Ahmed Hussain (Hanafee) will be brought in for questioning, as per the majority vote of the members that participated in the committee meeting.

The session is scheduled for 1600 hrs.

Galolhu South MP Meekail Naseem filed an emergency motion at the parliament regarding Maldives Correctional Services (MCS)'s decision to permit former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb to travel abroad.

In the motion, the lawmaker from Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) raised concerns, noting that Adeeb was accused of aiding the perpetrators in the murder of former Ungoofaaru MP Dr Afrasheem Ali and disappearance of journalist Ahmed Rilwan, flee the country.

Other MPs also stated that Adeeb should not be allowed to flee, despite allowing him to seek medical treatment abroad. Moreover, they called for security forces to be vigilant during the ex-VP's stay out of Maldives.

According to Home Ministry, the authorities decided to send Adeeb abroad as there were no further treatments possible for the vice president's medical condition in Maldives. Stating that doctors had repeatedly advised to send Adeeb overseas, the ministry noted that the state had also attempted to provide treatment for Adeeb in Maldives by bringing in a glaucoma specialist.

Additionally, Home Ministry announced that officers from Maldives Police Service and Maldives Correctional Service (MCS) will accompany Adeeb when he travels to India for medical treatment.

Following the recent annulment of his sentences, Adeeb is currently acquitted of all charges against him, escaping a hefty 33-year jail sentence.

The Supreme Court overturned his 10-year sentence over possession of illegal weapons, while the High Court overturned Adeeb's 10-year and 8-year sentences over his involvement in the blast aboard the presidential speedboat in 2015, and corruption charges respectively.

While High Court had ordered Criminal Court to retry two of the cases, the lower court sent the charges back to Prosecutor General's Office.

However, the state appealed High Court's verdict on Adeeb's corruption case at the Supreme Court last Monday.

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