Maldives' main prison on alert

Maldives' main prison in Maafushi island has been put on high alert, Maldives Correctional Service confirmed Monday ahead of the upcoming presidential elections.

Senior prisons officer Ahmed Lugman told AVAS that the Maafushi prison has been put on alert but refused to divulge the reason behind the decision.

Maafushi prison is currently home to a number of high profile inmates including former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, chief justice Abdulla Saeed and Supreme Court judge Ali Hameed - all jailed over the alleged plot to overthrow the government in February.

The prison has been put on alert in the wake of mounting complaints by inmates over the refusal for lawyer and family meetings.

Government had also ringed changes to top prison posts recently.