Jailed ex-VP’s lawyers under probe over assassination plot claims

Adheeb's lawyers Mahfooz (R) and Siraj

Adheeb’s lawyers Mahfooz (R) and Siraj

Maldives Police Service has launched a criminal investigation against jailed former Vice President Ahmed Adheeb’s lawyers for refusing to reveal the source behind their claims of an alleged plot to assassinate Adheeb in prison.

Lawyers Moosa Siraj and Mahfooz Saeed’s mobile phones were also confiscated for three months in connection to the investigation. According to the arrest warrant signed by Criminal Court’s Judge Ahmed Rasheed, their phones were confiscated over suspicion of containing hidden information. The lawyers are accused under the Penal Code for obstructing justice, spreading misinformation and inciting fear.

Regarding the matter, lawyer Mahfooz stated that they received the information through some loyal police officers and said that the criminal investigation commenced over their refusal to state the names of their sources.

Mahfooz also expressed concern over an audio leaked in social media, which says that Adheeb should be murdered 15 times.

The court order also stated that their sim cards, mobile phones and memory cards should be confiscated with all phone conversations and related information.

Meanwhile, Police have declared that the alleged assassination plot against Adheeb is a false rumour, assuring that he is under full protection in Dhoonidhoo Detention Center.

Adheeb is sentenced to 33 years in jail over his involvement in the biggest corruption scandal in the country and for orchestrating an assassination attempt on President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom in September 2015.

Adheeb’s family have said that he is suffering from multiple health conditions, including glaucoma, an internal cyst and kidney stones. They have requested permission from authorities’ multiple times to send Adheeb abroad for medical treatment. However the government has not yet granted the permission.

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