Hoarafushi MP Ahmed Saleem (Salle) has stated that as of present – there are no inmates that have been placed in indefinite detention.
Speaking regarding the motion submitted to the Parliament today by Fonadhoo MP Moosa Siraj urging urgent action to take measures to provide inmates facing indefinite detentions better access to medical care – MP Saleem said that being aware of the new developments regarding the issue was important.
In this regard, he detailed that when this administration – there were more than 300 individuals placed in indefinite detentions.
“At that time, individuals were placed in custody at jails for days at length even if the suspicions against them are not clear; even if they have not been brought before a judge; even if the offense they are suspected of has not been determined,” he had said.
Noting that putting an end to this culture was an electoral pledge of the current administration – MP Saleem said that since the administration had come to power, the culture has been completely rid of.
“Technically saying, the Maldives currently does not have any inmates placed in indefinite detention. This is without any doubt – for sure. This government, this Parliament, had ended this culture. Meaning, there will be no inmates who are unaware of the details of detention nor have not been brought before a judge,” he explained.
Speaking further, MP Saleem said that inmates that are placed in custody pending outcome of trial – are only the ones who have committed major criminal offenses. However, he added that he believed fast-tracking the trial stage and sentencing is extremely important for such individuals.