The family of Jumhoree Party (JP) leader Qasim Ibrahim, has asked the correctional service to extend his medical trip to three months.
Qasim, who is serving a three-year prison sentence, travelled to Singapore on September 6, after receiving a 10-day medical leave for a heart problem.
In a letter to the service, Qasim’s son Mohamed Yaqsan said that he is being treated at the Singapore Heart, Stroke & Cancer Centre.
The doctors have recommended that he undergo a coronary angioplasty, Yaqsan said, adding that the procedure is scheduled for September 15 at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital.
He also cited doctors saying that Qasim needs to be monitored for three months until his condition is stable, and that therefore he can only fly by plane after December.
Yaqsan ended the letter by requesting the correctional service to extend his father’s medical leave to December, and provided the relevant medical documents from the Singapore medical centre.
Qasim, who is also the MP for Maamigili constituency, was sentenced to three years, two months and twelve days in prison on a bribery charge in absentia close to midnight on August 24.
Earlier that day, Qasim collapsed inside the courtroom and was admitted at Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital at the time of the sentencing.
After issuing the sentence, the Criminal Court also ordered authorities to allow Qasim to travel abroad for treatment, but he was given permission 13 days later, after repeated pleas from his family.