Former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb’s wife Mariyam Nashwa said Adeeb had to beg for two hours before police were convinced he had abdominal pains and needed treatment.
Nashwa said Adeeb, who is receiving treatment at Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH), is in serious condition.
It has been more than a year since doctors advised Adeeb to seek medical treatment abroad due to kidney stones, glaucoma and internal cysts. Although the family had beseeched he be transferred home to receive proper treatment on the advice of doctors, the relevant authorities and the government had ignored their pleas.
Expressing growing concern regarding Adeeb’s deteriorating condition, Nashwa said it took him more than two hours to convince police officers that he was having real abdominal pains. Nashwa questioned whether it would take his death to convince officers of his illnesses and serious condition.
Nashwa said Adeeb was transferred to Male’ when the doctor at Dhoonidhoo stated that they are unable to treat him there and would not take responsibility if something happens to him under their care, whilst they were advising he be taken to IGMH. Adeeb also said that he fell onto the jetty during his transfer to Male’, Nashwa said.
While Adeeb is being treated at IGMH, there is none who can answer questions regarding Adeeb or his current condition, and he is surrounded by security officers to the extent that he is not visible to anyone, she said.
Nashwa said the doctor informed them of two stones in his right kidney and one stone in his left kidney in Adeeb’s presence.
Nashwa said Adeeb’s condition deteriorated due to the negligence of Maldives Correctional Service (MCS) officers. A CAT scan and an MRI scan was done, which showed that the stones are stuck between his kidney and bladder. The doctors said if the injections that were given to him don’t facilitate the removal of the stones he has to undergo an operation, she said.
Nashwa also alleged that when Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) tried to meet Adeeb on Friday night, they were denied.
Adeeb is one of the nine ordered to be released by Supreme Court in their February 1 order.
Adeeb is currently serving a 33-year prison sentence for his involvement in the HRCM corruption scandal and for allegedly orchestrating an assassination attempt on the President by detonating a bomb on the presidential speedboat.