Adeeb receives additional extension to medical furlough

April 28, 2020: Former VP Ahmed Adeeb. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Maldives Correctional Service has granted an additional extension to the medical furlough approved to former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Gafoor.

Adeeb travelled to Singapore for medical treatment on July 11, hours after the Correctional Service’s Medical Board granted him permission to travel overseas for medical tests that aren’t available from Maldives.

He was first granted a 10-day medical furlough, which was extended to August 28th on July 25th. Corrections, following the expiration of the medical furlough yesterday, has extended the period to September 15th on Tuesday.

He was escorted to Singapore by officials from police and corrections.

Adeeb had been hospitalized on July 5, for what his party, the Maldives Third-Way Democrats (MTD) called “a serious and life-threatening neurological condition”.

MTD said Adeeb was diagnosed with the condition after three years of solitary confinement, between 2015 and 2018.

Adeeb, once the right-hand man of former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, had been sentenced to 20 years in prison in October 2020, in connection to the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) embezzlement and money laundering scandal.

He had pled guilty to seven charges under a plea deal with the state, which reduced the charges against him from 30.

Prosecutor General Hussain Shameem had commented back then that investigators had collected enough evidence against Adeeb to press more than 150 charges, which would put him behind bars for 806 years.

After the plea deal, Adeeb served as a state witness in Yameen’s trial.

Despite the prison sentence against him, Adeeb had been under home confinement since 2020, based on medical grounds.