Adeeb would be sent abroad with police and correction officers for medical purposes

Former Vice-President Ahmed Adeeb being summoned to criminal court on April 04, 2017. (Photo/Sun/Awshan Ilyas)

Former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb would be sent overseas with the accompaniment of Maldives Police Services and Maldives Correctional Services officers to obtain the medical attention he requires.

Correctional Services, according to their medical board, gave Adeeb approval to go overseas to get the medical attention he needed last Tuesday.

Adeeb's wife, Mariyam Nashwa tweeted that Adeeb is going overseas with guidance from three doctors to receive Glaucoma treatment. She said that while the present government attempted to provide him with the medical assistance required by bringing an eye specialist from overseas to IGMH, he also advised Adeeb to get the treatment overseas.

While expressing appreciation to the government for giving Adeeb the opportunity to go overseas and get the required treatment, Nashwa, said that during this trip, Adeeb would be doing an operation on his retina and get screened for cancer.

"We were notified that officers Maldives Police Services and Maldives Correctional Services officers will accompany us on this trip overseas. They will accompany us until the end of the trip," Adeeb's wife Nashwa said.

Police and Corrections officers recently have not accompanied any convict sent overseas for medical reasons. Likewise, no police officer or correctional officer has in the past accompanied any political convict sent overseas for medical treatment.

Adeeb was transferred to conditional house arrest on November 27, 2018 to recuperate following emergency surgery at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) to remove kidney stones on November 19, 2018. He was transferred back to Maafushi Prison by Maldives Correctional Services on January 2, 2019, citing violation of the conditions for his house arrest.

During his time under house arrest, Adeeb signed with new political party, Maldives Third-Way Democrats (MTD).

His 15-year prison sentence over the Finifenma explosion case was overturned and ordered for a retrial by High Court on May 20; his 10-year sentence for possession of a firearm was overturned by the Supreme Court on May 27; and his eight-year for embezzling USD 5 million in acquisition cost for Lh. Maabinhura was overturned and ordered for a retrial by High Court on May 30.

Adeeb is currently serving a 15-day prison sentence for contempt of court under house arrest on medical grounds.

Last Tuesday, Adeeb was summoned for questioning by the President's Murder and Enforced Disappearance Investigation Commission to take his statement on the accusations against him.

Citizens show their disapproval and worries about sending Adeeb overseas.