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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2589

Jailed former President Mohamed Nasheed allowed to travel to UK for treatment

Male, 17 January, (Asiantribune.com):

Jailed former President Mohamed Nasheed has been granted permission to seek medical treatment abroad, government announced Saturday.

Nasheed had sought permission to go abroad for a surgery on his back, but Correctional Service had repeatedly denied the request insisting that the surgery could be done in the Maldives. The authority had said it could only allow Nasheed to travel abroad for medical treatment after consultation with a specialist.

Home Minister Umar Naseer had said that the doctor had recommended a "L4-5 Microdicectory” for Nasheed. He said the surgery is available in the Maldives.

The home minister was referring to a surgery called microdiscectomy.

Foreign ministry said on twitter Saturday the government had granted permission to Nasheed to travel to UK to undergo surgery, at his request.

Nasheed’s lawyers had rejected the government’s claim that the surgery was available at the private ADK Hospital in capital Male.

Nasheed was sentenced to 13 years in prison in March for ordering the arbitrary detention of chief criminal judge Abdulla Mohamed during his presidency.

The former president had filed for appeal his prison sentence after backtracking on his decision to not appeal his sentence by opting to go to the Supreme Court instead.

In his appeal, Nasheed had sought a lesser penalty under the new penal code that came into effect in November. The Supreme Court had also been asked to nullify the charges lodged against him in the lower court and the subsequent sentence.

Courtesy: Haveeru

- Asian Tribune –

Nasheed: He was sentenced to 13 years in prison in March for ordering the arbitrary detention of chief criminal judge Abdulla Mohamed during his presidency - File Photo
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