Ex-pres Yameen's house arrest conditions relaxed, now free to move in Male' City

The current conditions of Former President Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayoom's imprisonment now allow him to move freely within Male' City.

The former president was sentenced to 11 years in jail on a money laundering and bribery conviction in relation to the MMPRC graft. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, on October 1, changed Yameen to house arrest following his defeat in the presidential election at the request of President-elect Dr. Mohamed Muizzu.

In a recent development, further concessions have been made such that Yameen is confined within Male' City - including Male', Hulhumale' and Villimale'. This marks a significant departure from his previous house arrest terms, as he is now allowed to engage with the public, meet people, and participate in political rallies within Male'.

According to Yameen's party-affiliated TV channel, Channel 13, The decision to allow further concessions was taken after a direct consultation between President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Yameen.

According to a spokesperson for the Maldives Correctional Service, Yameen has been granted permission to leave his home for medical reasons following the agency's approval. However, a source informed AVAS that Yameen has been permitted to go out "even for important matters."