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Police raid ex-VP Adheeb’s cell again

20 February 2018, MVT 22:17
Ex-VP Ahmed Adheeb pictured inside a police vehicle as he is escorted back to Dhoonidhoo detention centre after his preliminary hearing at the Criminal Court. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU
20 February 2018, MVT 22:17

Former vice president Ahmed Adheeb’s jail cell in Dhoonidhoo Detention Center was raided again Tuesday after he was accused of making phone calls to lawmakers of the ruling party, said his lawyer Moosa Siraj. 

Adheeb’s lawyer Siraj stated that his cell was searched on Tuesday morning by the police to check if he was in possession of a phone.

Moosa added that the former vice president is accused of calling lawmakers of ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and urging them to defy the government.

“It is impossible to keep a phone in the cell, I can’t understand why it is searched periodically when they know very well it is impossible to hide a phone in the cell.”

Adheeb has been subjected to searches twice previously. He was accused of hiding a phone in his jail cell and sending messages to politicians.

Adheeb is currently serving a 33-year jail sentence after he was convicted for his part in the largest corruption scandal in the Maldives to date and for an assassination attempt on President Abdulla Yameen in September 2015.

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