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Ex-VP Adeeb released from house arrest

Mariyam Malsa
14 July 2019, MVT 20:25
Former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb at Velana International Airport (VIA) on July 7 after arriving in Maldives after medical treatment in India. PHOTO: SOCIAL MEDIA
Mariyam Malsa
14 July 2019, MVT 20:25

Former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb was released from the 15-day house arrest imposed over contempt of court during his trial concerning the explosion aboard the presidential launch 'Finifenmaa' in 2015.

Adeeb was granted medical leave to India before his house arrest term ended during the previous week. The former vice president sought medical treatment in India from June 14 to July 6.

A media official of the Maldives Correctional Service (MCS) confirmed that Adeeb was no longer under the institution's custody.

"There is no sentence that Adeeb must complete. Therefore, he is not under our custody".

Despite the conclusion of his house arrest, Adeeb remains under a travel ban as the Supreme Court withheld his passport on June 24.

On June 9, the state submitted an appeal regarding the High Court's decision to overturn Adeeb's eight-year prison sentence over the embezzlement of USD 5 million (MVR 77 million) owed to the state as acquisition costs for Maabinhuraa, Lhaviyani Atoll.

In addition to the Maabinhuraa case, the High Court overturned and ordered a retrial of his 10-year sentence over involvement in the blast aboard the presidential speedboat Finifenmaa in 2015. The Supreme Court also overturned a 10-year sentence over charges of illegal weapons possession.

The Criminal Court decided to send back 12 cases lodged against Adeeb including the two cases which the High Court ordered a retrial for.

Overall, the former vice president escaped a 33-year jail sentence after being acquitted of various charges.

In response to public criticisms, Minister of Home Affairs Imran Abdulla stated that no government authorities were negligent in Adeeb's ruling.

Imran asserted that widespread investigations concerning Adeeb were still ongoing. He further stated that the police attained further progress in the aforementioned investigations during the past four months than compared to the information uncovered in the past four years.

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