'Yameen violated terms of house arrest, will take action'

Maldives Correctional Service has stated that former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom will be held accountable for indirectly taking part in a rally held by the opposition, while under home arrest.

Opposing Progressive Party of Maldives and Peoples' National Congress held a nationwide rally on Friday evening 'Seeking Justice'. The crowd gathered outside Yameen's residence in capital Male', where he is currently under home arrest due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the rally, Yameen stood near an open window in the second floor of his home, and waved to his supporters. He also waved the national flag and PPM's flag from his window - an action that was met with cheers from the crowd.

In a tweet posted following the rally, Commissioner of Prisons, Ahmed Mohamed Fulhu said Yameen participated in today's rally in violation of the terms of his house arrest. Therefore, the matter will be investigated, and action will be taken against Yameen, said the commissioner.

President Yameen is currently serving a five-year sentence on a money laundering conviction. He was transferred to home arrest last Ramadan after the COVID-19 situation at Maafushi Prison deteriorated.