Male’, Maldives –President of People’s National Congress (PNC), Abdul Raheem Abdulla (Adhurey) states that the incumbent government is making deals with former Vice President of Maldives, Ahmed Adeeb and former Managing Director of Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), Abdulla Ziyath to keep mistreating the former President, Yameen Abdul Gayyoom in jail.
While Adhurey is also the current leader of the joint opposition coalition, this statement from him comes after the lawyers who went to the jail to meet Yameen were not able to meet or contact him yesterday.
Adhurey stated that the incumbent government has restricted Yameen from having the basic human rights he should be having in terms of the law.
He further went onto say that the government is making deals with the actual two culprits of the MMPRC corruption case, Adeeb and Ziyath and is creating more issues to deliberately mistreat Yameen in jail.
Although former VP Adeeb was sentenced to 20 years in jail on October this year as he was found guilty of being involved in one of the major corruption acts in the history of Maldives, several questions are being raised as Adeeb was later transferred to house arrest just one day after being sentenced to jail.
Since then, Adeeb has been in house arrest instead of properly serving his 20 year sentence in jail when in reality, he could have been sent away for approximately 800 years, according to prosecutors.
On the other hand, Ziyath was sentenced to 11 years of imprisonment three days ago as he was found guilty of being involved the embezzlement of money by the sale of islands and lagoons. Ziyath was alone involved in the embezzlement of USD 50.7 million (MVR 781 million) of the total potential revenue loss of the graft, which stands at MVR 4 billion.
While Ziyath is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence after being convicted of a corruption charge in 2016 in which he embezzled the money received after the sale of Lh.Maabinhura. He has now served 5 years of the total sentence.
The only one to actually get punished for the MMPRC major corruption case is only former president, Yameen at present. He is currently serving a five year sentence in prison as he was found guilty of the money laundering charges that were brought up against him relating to the funds embezzled from MMPRC.