Maldivian rapper Ismail Ifham Mohamed (Pest) – on trial for drug trafficking – has been transferred to home confinement.
Pest was one of five suspects arrested by police with 2.5 kilos of drugs in an operation by the Drug Enforcement Department (DED) on February 13, 2021.
Pest, who was ordered to jail pending the outcome of trial, was transferred to home confinement for 60 days on health grounds on Wednesday.
He requested transfer to home confinement citing the need to treat his tonsils.
The Criminal Court granted his request under the condition he remain home unless to seek medical treatment.
Following his complaint over inadequate medical treatment, the prosecution requested the court that he remain in jail for the safety of the community. The prosecution also submitted documents to prove he was receiving medical treatment while in jail.
However, the court sided in Pest’s favor.
The court also ordered for an additional suspect arrested in the case - Mohamed Suaid, 23, Abadhah Ufaa, Thundi, L. Gan – to be transferred to home confinement.
Pest was pressed with five charges; trafficking cannabis, using cannabis, trafficking diamorphine (heroin), trafficking a Schedule 1 drug, and use, possession and concealment of assets and money obtained through criminal means.
Meanwhile, Suaid was pressed with four charges; trafficking cannabis, trafficking diamorphine (heroin), trafficking a Schedule 1 drug, and use, possession and concealment of assets and money obtained through criminal means.
Pest, who rose to fame with the rap song “Reethi Kudhin” back in 2011, faces life in prison if found guilty of the charges.
He is one of Symbolic Records’ top artists, and is often referred to as the “King of Rap” in Maldives.