Housing minister Mohamed Muizzu on Wednesday met with the arrested former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed, and Supreme Court judge Ali Hameed as an envoy of President Abdulla Yameen.
In a tweet, Muizzu said that he met them at Dhoonidhoo Detention Centre where, as a delegate of the president, he had inquired after their health and where they were being detained. No further details were given about these meetings.
Gayoom and the two top court judges were arrested soon after the state of emergency was declared earlier this month. This was the first time the state had inquired about them after their arrests. Their lawyers have been constantly voicing concerns about how their clients were being treated and the conditions of their prison cells.
Judge Ali Hameed was brought to capital Male and admitted at Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) few days after his arrest. Though he has been discharged and taken back to Dhoonidhoo, his family claims that he is still not well.
Meanwhile, Abdulla Saeed’s family has stated that he is diabetic and has to regularly take medications. However, they claimed that he has not been receiving the required medication. They also said that his food and drinks were not regulated, saying that his drinks have too much sugar and that Saeed had been given food in a bucket.
Abdulla Saeed’s lawyers and family described his cell unfit for humans and that it resembled a zoo.
Gayoom, Saeed and Hameed are among 13 people arrested in relation to the alleged coup against the government after the SC’s ruling on February 1 to reinstate 12 parliamentarians and release nine political leaders.