Home Ministry rejects accusations of former president Yameen's ill treatment

Former Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom at a PPM rally. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Home Ministry has rejected allegations that the former President Abdulla Yameen who is serving a five-year sentence for money laundering is deprived of fundamental rights in prison.

The allegations were made by opposition PNC president Abdul Raheem Abdulla and he claimed that the former president was subjected to unlawful cruelty in addition to being deprived of some fundamental rights.

The opposition leader claimed that the former President was thinner and was now in the condition of “a jailed person”.

The Home Ministry responded to these allegations that it was misleading. President Yameen was provided with the same rights and amenities as every other prison without any discrimination. No complaint has been received from either President Yameen, his family or his attorneys in relation to the stories spread on media.

PNC leader Abdul Raheem Abdulla (R) with former Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom (L). (File Photo/Sun/Fayaz Moosa)

A visit by the-then Inspector of Corrections under the instructions of the Home Ministry also saw him meet with the former President and clarify his issues. No such complaints as those being spread on the media were noted by the president during that meeting as well, according to the Home Ministry.

The Home Ministry noted that the former President was serving his time in a unit prepared during his administration that held the other former Presidents. The unit that held former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and former President Mohamed Nasheed was renovated before President Yameen was moved.

The Ministry then noted that the government’s policy was on reforming the prison systems and bringing those incarcerated back into society as a rehabilitated person.