Maldivian Hip-Hop Artist, Ismail Ifham Mohamed (Pest), who is on trial for drug trafficking has been released to house arrest due to his deteriorating medical condition.
The Criminal Court today granted his request to seek medical attention under strict conditions and released to house arrest for 60 days, despite the prosecution advising against his release.
The Criminal Court also ordered for an additional suspect arrested in the case, Mohamed Suaid, to be transferred to house arrest as well.
The prosecution requested the court that he must remain in prison for the safety of the community. Moreover, the prosecution submitted documents to prove he was receiving adequate medical treatment while in prison. However, the Judge sided in favor of Pest’s defense.
Pest was pressed with five charges which includes trafficking cannabis, using cannabis, trafficking diamorphine (heroin), trafficking a Schedule 1 drug, and use, possession and concealment of assets and money obtained through criminal means. Pest faces a possible life sentence if convicted of these charges.