Former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb’s medical leave has been extended by 10 days.
Maldives Correctional Service (MCS) revealed this via Twitter on Tuesday, adding that his family had requested an extension as he is required to undergo a cancer screening.
While he was initially given permission to travel abroad till June 26, it has now been extended until July 6.
He traveled to India on June 14, a few days after MCS revealed that its medical board had granted him medical leave.
While this was received with immense backlash, authorities assured that Adeeb “will not be given the opportunity to flee.”
To ensure this, seven officers had accompanied him to India.
Adeeb underwent a laser treatment to evaporate stones in his kidneys, back in November last year. He was transferred to house arrest earlier this year, with conditions, after being admitted to hospital numerous times. According to his family, Adeeb also has glaucoma and internal cysts, all health issues are to have developed after his incarceration in October 2015.
He was arrested over the explosion aboard the presidential speedboat- which authorities claim was an assassination attempt on then-President Abdulla Yameen- and was sentenced to a total of 33 years on various charges afterwards.
However, all convictions have since been overturned, with the court ordering retrials in two cases.
Supreme Court ordered Maldives Immigration to withhold Adeeb's passport on Monday, saying that it has accepted the state's appeal case to overturn his eight-year embezzlement conviction.