No plans to move high-risk inmates back to prison: Corrections

Maldives Correctional Service has said it has no plans to move high-risk inmates back to the prisons.

Corrections transferred inmates who are at high-risk of contracting COVID-19 to home arrest last April during a surge in COVID-19 infections. Those seeking treatment for long-term illnesses and elderly inmates are among those transferred to home arrest. Former President of the Maldives, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom, who was serving a five-year sentence on a money laundering conviction, was also transferred home.

The Maldives' COVID-19 situation has improved significantly, and the number of daily COVID-19 cases being recorded in the Maldives has dropped. Despite this, a media official from Corrections said it has no plans to move the inmates under house arrest back to jail at this time.

Although the number of cases has declined, COVID-19 cases are still active in Maafushi Prison, with three positive inmates.