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Maldives denies allegations that ex-VP is locked in “concrete hole”

Fathmath Shaahunaz
23 February 2017, MVT 17:00
Former Vice President Adheeb escorted out of the Criminal Court. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
23 February 2017, MVT 17:00

Maldives Correctional Service on Thursday refuted jailed lawmaker of Galolhu South constituency Ahmed Mahloof’s claims of convicted former Vice President Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor being kept in a “concrete hole” in Maafushi Prison.

MP Mahloof, who was arrested for two counts of obstructing police, had declared in a statement that former VP Adheeb has spent over a year in a “concrete hole” placed under the sun. He added that some other inmates are also treated as such in the prison, going on to say that his communication with Adheeb has brought to light that the government cares little for Adheeb’s health issues.

Maafushi Prison’s spokesperson denied the allegations, stating that the former vice president is kept in a cell the same as any other inmate.

“We don’t discriminate in our treatment of Adheeb.”

The official went on to say that the prison does not violate human rights in any manner regarding the inmates. They added that the inmates are closely watched and well fed.

Adheeb was convicted for orchestrating an attempt on the president’s life in 2015 and embezzling over a billion in state funds through the nation’s main tourism promotion body.

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