Members of the opposition PPM-PNC coalition have called for the release of former president Abdulla Yaameen Abdulla Gayyoom from prison, after reports of a COVID-19 cluster in Maafushi Prison.
In a press statement released on Saturday, the opposition coalition of the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and the People’s National Congress (PNC) expressed concerns over the safety of former president Yaameen amid the COVID-19 spread in Maafushi Prison.
The opposition coalition went on to assert that it was the government’s responsibility to ensure the health and safety of Yaameen, who is currently serving a five-year prison sentence for charges of money laundering. The opposition claimed that the only way to safeguard Yaameen’s health would be to have him transferred to house arrest immediately.
The former president had recently received the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to immunize against the infection. He is currently serving a five-year prison sentence in relation to the MMPRC Corruption scandal; he was convicted of money laundering after having embezzled and transferred to his personal account, USD 1 million from the acquisition cost reserved for the government in the leasing and development of GA. Vodumulaa as a resort.
Moreover, Yaameen is also facing charges of money laundering and accepting bribes while in office for having transferred into his own account USD 1.1 million from the acquisition cost of R. Fuhgiri under the MMPRC grand corruption case.