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Adeeb will depart Friday, return on June 26: Imran

Raif Amyl Jalyl
13 June 2019, MVT 21:24
Minister of Home Affairs Imran Abdulla at the Committee on National Security. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU
Raif Amyl Jalyl
13 June 2019, MVT 21:24

Minister of Home Affairs Imran Abdulla revealed to the Parliamentary Committee on National Security and Diplomatic Relations that convicted former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor's departure is on Friday with his return set for June 26.

The ex-VP's departure is to seek medical treatment from India.

Home Minister Imran further divulged that Adeeb has a one-year permit to leave for treatment, however if he does not require stay in India, his itinerary is set for him to return on June 26.

"Details were given to the relevant authorities in India. Therefore, I believe that all relevant security measures would be taken in preparing adequately", said Imran.

Imran iterated that if any changes were to occur to the current schedule extending Adeeb's stay based on doctors' advice, it would undertaken in accordance with the designated protocol.

In addition to the Home Minister, Police Commissioner Mohamed Hameed, Commissioner of Prisons Abdulla Munaz and a high-ranking official from Maldives Immigration were all summoned to the Committee.

Adeeb is due to travel using a travel document, as his passport remains withheld. According to Maldives Correctional Service, the Indian government was informed and under these circumstances Adeeb would be unable to travel to any other countries.

Imran reiterated that Adeeb would not be given any opportunity to flee as prior arrangements were established by Maldives Police Service and Corrections.

Adeeb was permitted to seek treatment abroad as according to Imran, it was not available in Maldives. He further divulged that doctors were brought in from abroad, but their advice too was for Adeeb's transfer overseas.

The Home Minister affirmed that the current administration would not violate the rights of inmates to health services. In that regard, he said that there would be no differentiating between Adeeb and other inmates.

Police Commissioner Hameed added that an advance team from the Police departed to India on Thursday.

Commissioner of Maldives Police Service Mohamed Hameed at the Committee on National Security. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU

Adeeb's convictions were recently overturned, freeing him from a hefty 33-year jail sentence, while the Criminal Court also sent back certain charges to the 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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