Ex-pres issued warning over violating terms of house arrest

A warning has been issued to former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom over violations of the terms of his house arrest.

President Yameen is currently serving a five-year jail sentence after being found guilty of money laundering in November 2018. He was transferred to home arrest from Maafushi Prison last Ramadan, after the COVID-19 situation in the prison deteriorated.

Yameen's party, Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM), which believes Yameen was wrongfully jailed, last Friday organized a nation-wide rally calling for justice. The supporters gathered in front of Yameen's residence in capital Male', and the former president made an appearance at a window of his home. He waved to his supporters and waved a national flag as well as a PPM flag - actions that were met with loud cheers from the crowd.

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

Corrections this Thursday said the former president has been advised not to repeat such actions. The matter has now been closed.