Former Prosecutor General Muhuthaz Muhsin, who is serving a 17-year prison sentence for “forging” an arrest warrant against President Abdulla Yameen, has pressed charges against the state.
Civil Court scheduled a hearing of the case for Thursday afternoon.
He pressed charges for Maldives Correctional Service (MCS)’s failure to provide him with the written list of prison rules and disciplinary offences, and for taking disciplinary action against him without providing the information, which according to the Prisons and Parole Act, must be put up in a place where all prisoners can see, and provided to prisoners on request.
According to sources, MCS took action against Muhthaz in August 2016 for allegedly speaking loudly to a prison guard over an incident that occurred in prison. As a result, he was deprived of basic rights, such as conjugal visits and phone calls, for a month.
While such disciplinary actions appear on prisoners’ records, the Clemency Board takes such issues into account in parole consideration.
During Galolhu-South MP Ahmed Mahloof’s time in prison, he had released a statement expressing concern about the treatment of inmates. In it, he said inmates should be treated as human beings and that Maafushi Prison had inmates who had lost sanity due to the way they were being treated.
Mahloof had also expressed concern about inmates being deprived of healthcare, and unlawful solitary confinement.