Officers from Police, Correctional Service to accompany Adeeb on medical trip

Officers from Maldives Police Service and Maldives Correctional Service will accompany former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb when he flies abroad for medical treatment, Home Ministry has stated.

Home Ministry said Adeeb will be traveling to neighboring India for his treatment.

While Maldives Corrections Services on Tuesday granted permission for Adeeb to leave the country for treatment as per the recommendation of the medical board, the public has been expressing their concern on social media.

In a press statement released by the Home Ministry, they assured that all security arrangements for Adeeb''s trip have been arranged by the government, and revealed that Officers from Maldives Police Service and Maldives Correctional Service will be accompanying the former vice president.

"We assure that although we are allowing Ahmed Adeeb to seek medical treatment abroad to allow him his rights, we have made all arrangements to ensure that it will not stand in the way delivering justice and holding Adeeb accountable", read the statement.

An emergency motion has been filed at the parliament by Galolhu south MP Mikail Naseem to summon Commissioner of Prisons Abdulla Munaz to clarify what steps will be taken to ensure tht Adeeb does not flee the country.

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.