The home ministry has stated that former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb will be travelling to India for medical treatment, with officers of the police service and the correctional service.
In a press statement, the home ministry stated that the correctional service’s medical board made the decision to allow Adeeb to seek treatment abroad on the recommendation of doctors, under Article 70 of the Parole Act, after international medical experts the state had brought in had failed to help him.
The ministry stated that the state has taken all necessary security measures for the trip and that guaranteeing Adeeb’s right to medical treatment will not obstruct justice.
Adeeb’s family has said that he is suffering from glaucoma.
His repeated request to seek treatment abroad were denied during President Abdulla Yameen’s administration, with Yameen saying that he would only allow it if Adeeb returns the money he had stolen from Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC).
Adeeb had been found guilty of charges related to terrorism and corruption and his prison sentences had totaled 33 years. However, all the verdicts have been overturned.
Due to his ill health, he is currently at home serving a 15-day sentence over contempt of court and will be freed on Thursday.