Emergency motion submitted at parliament over ex-VP's medical trip

Galolhu South MP Meekail Naseem on Wednesday filed an emergency motion at the parliament regarding Maldives Correctional Services' decision to grant permission for former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb to travel abroad for medical treatment.

Correctional Services on Tuesday granted permission for Adeeb to seek treatment abroad as per the medical board's recommendation. Adeeb has been requesting to allow him to fly abroad for a while.

The motion seeks to summon Commissioner of Prisons Abdulla Munaz to clarify what steps will be taken to ensure that Adeeb does not flee the country during the trip.

Recently, jail sentences adding up to 33 years against Adeeb were overturned by the courts. While the Supreme Court overturned the 10 year jail sentence handed to the ex-VP on a weapons charge, the High court has ordered the Criminal Court to conduct a retrial of the cases implicating Adeeb in the explosion that occurred aboard the presidential speedboat in 2015, and graft allegations involving Maabinhuraa island. At the moment, no cases against Adeeb are in court.

Adeeb, who has escaped several criminal convictions is currently serving a 15-day sentence over contempt of court. He will be a free man this Friday.

In anticipation of the upcoming medical trip, the former Vice President has been summoned by the presidential commission investigating murders and enforced disappearances where his statement relating to the disappearance of journalist Ahmed Rilwan and the murder of MP Dr. Afrasheem Ali was recorded.