Inmate jailed pending outcome of trial at Male’ Prison dies

People wait at the front entrance of Indhira Gandhi Memorial (IGMH) on May 14, 2020. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

An inmate who was jailed pending outcome of trial at Male' Prison has passed away.

Maldives Correctional Service has confirmed the identity of the inmate as Ismail Shabeen, 46, M. Malas. They further detailed that Shabeen was taken in emergency to Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital at around 19:00 last night – following difficulties in breathing.

His condition further deteriorated and was subsequently transferred to the Intensive Care Unit – where he was being treated before he passed away.

Corrections said that the hospital informed them that Shabeen had passed away at 19:30 tonight – more than 24-hours after he was taken to the hospital. They also noted that he was a diabetic patient – who was receiving treatment for the condition – at the time of his passing.

As soon as Shabeen was taken to the hospital – Corrections noted that they had informed the situation to Inspector of Correctional Service, Maldives Police Service, and the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives.

Speaking further, Corrections said that Shabeen was an individual who was jailed pending outcome of trial on multiple drug-related charges from abuse of drugs, possession of drugs to also selling drugs.