Jumhoree Party (JP) leader Qasim Ibrahim has received a 10-day extension for his medical trip.
Correctional service’s information officer confirmed to VNews on Wednesday that they have provided an extension but did not say for how many days.
However, a reliable source said that it was a 10-day extension, which is an addition to the 10 days that the government initially provided on September 6.
The extension was given after Qasim’s family sent medical documents provided by Dr. Michael Lim Chun Leng at Singapore’s Heart, Stroke, and Cancer Centre, which states that he needed to stay in Singapore for three months.
According to doctors, Qasim is at risk of a heart attack because of problems in the arteries. But there was a delay in admitting him due to the government’s initial refusal to extend his medical trip, which caused issues due to Singapore’s immigration laws.
In an earlier letter to the correctional service, Qasim’s son Mohamed Yaqsan said that doctors at the Heart, Stroke & Cancer Centre have recommended that he undergo a coronary angioplasty, and 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.
His prison sentences was appealed on September 10.