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Convicts shifted to house arrest under presidential clemency

Nafaahath Ibrahim
05 August 2018, MVT 16:06
Prisoners working on Housing Ministry Project. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU
Nafaahath Ibrahim
05 August 2018, MVT 16:06

Maldives Correctional Services (MCS) has started to shift convicts, whose sentences have been mitigated by President Abdulla Yameen Abdulla Gayoom, to house arrest.

The president had made the decision to grant selected convicts clemency on the occasion of this year's Independence Day on July 26.

According to the President's Office, clemency will be granted for those who meet the conditions specified in Article 29 of the Clemency Act.

MCS' spokesperson Ahmed Luqman revealed that some of the convicts were moved to house arrest on Sunday.

Luqman added that convicts will be shifted after special committee interviews, and under specific conditions.

If any of the conditions stated are broken, the clemency will be reversed.

According to a statement released by the President's Office, clemency will not be granted for those convicted of homicide, terrorism, drug trafficking, rape, homosexuality and sexual abuse of minors.

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