Maldives Correctional Service (MCS) has stated that former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb is not entitled to any special protection by the service.
The authority made the statement in response to the letter sent by the former VP's family, requesting special protection for Adeeb over the strictly limited visiting hours and alleged discriminatory conduct towards him by the detention centre.
In response to his family's request, the authority responded to the former vice-president's wife, Mariyam Nashwa, stating that Adeeb was not listed under individuals subjected to special protection and therefore was not entitled to it.
The former vice president is granted one day per month for family visits, as any other convict.
Adeeb’s family had on multiple counts sought permission from the government to send the former vice president abroad for medical treatment, claiming that he was suffering from glaucoma, kidney stones and an internal cyst. The family also accused the authorities of not providing sufficient treatment for Adeeb, and that his eyesight was deteriorating.
Adeeb is currently serving jail time for 33 years over his involvement in the biggest corruption scandal in the country, and for orchestrating an assassination attempt on President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. Adeeb also has ongoing trials over official misconduct and graft charges.