Human Rights Commission of the Maldives stated on Tuesday that former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb was moved from house arrest to jail against his doctor's advice.
Adeeb, who is serving a hefty 33-year jail sentence, was transferred to house arrest under the suggestion of his doctor for a “homely environment” on October 24, 2018. Adeeb was hospitalized on November 9, 2018, and transferred to house arrest the same month, on the 27th.
He was shifted back to Maafushi Prison last Wednesday as his doctor did not extend his advice beyond December 24, according to Minister of Home Affairs Imran Abdulla. However, his health had declined and he was rushed to IGMH again on January 5.
After carrying out an investigation into the case, HRCM stated that Maldives Correctional Services had failed to act according to the instructions given on November 4, by a Urologist at Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH).
The statement released by HRCM said that the commission believes that in terms of human rights, it is important to make sure that a convict is in good health before transferring them to prison to serve his or her sentence.
During his house arrest, Adeeb had led the formation of his new political party, Maldives Third Way Democrats (MTD).