Ex-VP Adeeb electronically tagged; transferred to home arrest

Former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor has been electronically tagged and transferred to home arrest.

Electronic tagging is a form of surveillance which uses an electronic device, fitted to the person to monitor his whereabouts.

An official from Maldives Correctional Services reported that Adeeb was transferred to home arrest on Wednesday night after he was discharged from state-owned Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) following treatment for a fall. The official confirmed that he was tagged by Maldives Police Services before being transferred to his residence.

The Supreme Court ordered to detain Adeeb under state custody until the end of his corruption trial over the leasing of Maabinhuraa island. However, his health deteriorated after he fell unconscious in the remand jail, and was admitted at IGMH for treatment. Adeeb suffers from a number of medical conditions including an eye disease known as Glaucoma and kidney issues.

Adeeb recently testified against former resident Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom in his money laundering trial. In his testimony, Adeeb admitted to having carried out illegal activities on the orders of President Yameen.

Adeeb remains a subject of investigation for alleged misappropriation of state funds, corruption and money laundering.

After being acquitted of multiple charges against him, Adeeb attempted to flee the country in a tugboat to neighboring India disguised as a member of the crew while a travel ban was imposed on him. However, he was discovered by Indian authorities, after which he was returned to Maldives.

After his return, the Prosecutor General's Office requested to detain Adeeb until the end of his corruption trial as he remain a flight risk.