Former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor is in Singapore for medical treatment.
Adeeb, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison after having been found guilty of the seven counts of charges in connection with the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) embezzlement case back in October 2020, was recently freed after his sentence was commuted.
Adeeb, once the right-hand man of former President Abdulla Yameen, departed to Singapore not long after his release, earlier last week.
Although some media outlets have been reporting that Adeeb has settled in Singapore, the former vice president has refuted these claims.
RaajjeMV understands that he has reached Singapore after performing Umrah pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
He is in Singapore to complete the medical treatment procedures, according to Adeeb, who has confirmed that he would return to Maldives after his treatment is completed.
Adeeb’s the Maldives Third-way Democrats (MTD) earlier revealed that he is suffering from a serious and life-threatening medical condition related to neurology, for which he is to have undergone surgery as well. This was back in July this year.
MTD revealed that he was diagnosed with a serious neurological medical condition after an extensive period of being locked up in solitary confinement from 2015 to 2018 in a cell on a round-the-clock basis for three years. MTD stressed that his confinement was against all international norms and Maldivian laws that classify such treatment as “inhumane”.
Relevant authorities earlier revealed that Adeeb was moved to house arrest due to health issues linked to a respiratory illness. Adeeb pleaded guilty to the seven charges raised against him during the preliminary stage of the trial.
The seven charges raised against Adeeb were two counts of involvement in corruption, two counts of using his position to gain undue benefits, two charges of money-laundering as well as an abuse of power charge.
Further, he was slapped with a fine totaling MVR two million in addition to the jail sentence.
Former President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on November 13 granted a presidential pardon to Adeeb and former Managing Director of MMPRC Abdulla Ziyath, who were convicted in the grand MMPRC embezzlement case.