Opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) says Abdulla Rasheed (G. Keemaa, Male’), who was imprisoned over 2015’s May Day protest died due to government’s negligence.
During a press briefing on Tuesday, after the 51-year-old’s death, MDP’s Chairperson Hassan Latheef said Rasheed died due to authorities’ failure to provide necessary treatment despite his deteriorating health.
He said delay in getting him necessary care was a result of government’s negligence and condemns it in the strongest terms.
Maldives Correctional Service (MCS) claims Rasheed died after he was taken to Indira Gandi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) for treatment. However, former president Mohamed Nasheed claims he died in prison.
Rasheed was imprisoned on July 25, 2016, and his sentence was due in February 2019.
Former Prosecutor General Muhuthaz Muhsin, who is also serving a prison sentence, recently sent a letter to authorities expressing concern about negligence in providing medical treatment for prisoners.
May Day 2015 protest was one of the largest anti-government protest in Maldives’ history, which saw violent clashes and arrest of scores of protestors. And while several people were prosecuted and imprisoned, opposition says government has political motives behind the unjust imprisonment of May Day protestors.