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Ex-minister, Adhaalath leader shifted back to jail

Aishath Mihna Nasih
30 June 2017, MVT 18:15
Former defence minister Nazim smiles as he enters the Supreme Court for the second pre-trial hearing on Tuesday. MIHAARU PHOTO/NISHAN ALI
Aishath Mihna Nasih
30 June 2017, MVT 18:15

Former Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim and leader of religiously conservative Adhaalath Party Sheikh Imran Abdulla were shifted back to jail Friday after being kept under house arrest for the month of Ramadan.

The officers of Maldives Correctional Service escorted Nazim to back to prison Friday afternoon shortly followed by Sheikh Imran.

Nazim is sentenced to 11 years in prison after he was convicted of weapons possession over a hand gun found in his residence. It is noteworthy that he was taken back to jail at a time where former jailed Vice President Ahmed Adheeb has submitted a letter to Supreme Court stating that Nazim has no connection with the pistol found at his residence.

Meanwhile, the High Court upheld the decision of the Criminal Court to issue a 11-year sentence to Nazim while the Supreme Court did not accept the appeal submitted by the former defence minister.

In the letter submitted by Adheeb, he stated that there is no connection between the pistol and three bullets found at Nazim’s residence and that he is willing to testify the information at court.

Before he was taken back, Imran posted a tweet saying that he remains with the citizens despite his detention.

Sheikh Imran is charged with terrorism for inciting violence during a major opposition protest held in May 2015 and is serving a sentence of 12 years.

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