The Maldives Correctional Service has indicated that it will begin work in August to identify detainees at Maafushi Prison who advocate violent extremism and move them to a separate unit for rehabilitation.
In an interview with a local media outlet, Commissioner of Prisons Ahmed Mohamed Fulhu stated that extremist detainees will be transferred to the Unit 8 next month, adding that the unit will be specialised for such prisoners.
According to the Commissioner of Prisons, approximately 40-50 convicts have been identified as extremists after being convicted of an act of terrorism or for other reasons. He stated that Unit 8 will be run as a special management unit, and that they will seek advice from specialists in the field to develop a standard protocol for the unit.
He stated that this will allow them to categorise the extremists and identify the susceptible individuals among them, as well as who should be sympathised with. He went on to say that their goal is to reintegrate prisoners into society through a particular rehabilitation program for inmates.
The home ministry established the special unit, which opened on February 3rd. The Maldives Correctional Service has developed separate Standard Operating Procedures for the unit, which it claims were developed with technical assistance from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and financial assistance from the European Union (EU). The unit has the potential to house up to 100 convicts.