Ex-VP Adeeb granted permission to fly abroad

Maldives Correctional Service has granted permission for former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb to leave the country.

Correctional Services today stated that the permission was granted as per the medical board's recommendation for Adeeb to seek medical treatment abroad.

Adeeb has been requesting to grant him permission to fly abroad for a while. He has been receiving treatment for eye and kidney diseases at local hospitals, however, as the treatment available in Maldives is not adequate, he filed a complaint at court that he is unable to receive proper treatment for his condition from Maldives.

Due to his health issues Supreme Court had earlier ordered his transfer from jail to home arrest when he was serving out his sentences for 33 years in jail for multiple convitions. A verdict sentencing Adeeb to ten years in jail over a weapons charge was recently overturned by the Supreme Court, while the High Court dismissed Criminal Court'd verdict implicating Adeeb over the explosion that took place aboard the presidential launch in 2015. The Criminal Court has been ordered to conduct a retrial of the case.

However, the Criminal Court returned 15 cases pertaining to Adeeb back to the Prosecutor General's Office, including the case of the Finifenmaa speedboat explosion. Therefore, no cases involving Adeeb are currently ongoing at court.

Adeeb is currently serving a sentence of 15 days over a conviction of contempt of the court. The sentence will be fully served by Friday.