The government had stated in court that the Criminal Court order granting Jumhooree Party (JP) leader Qasim Ibrahim permission to fly abroad for medical treatment is in violation of the Prisons and Parole Act.
The verdict issued by Criminal Court while Qasim was admitted at the hospital, sentencing Qasim to three years, two months and 12 days in prison upon being convicted of bribing fellow MPs, ordered state institutions to arrange for Qasim to travel abroad for medical treatment.
The court order was appealed by the Attorney General and during Wednesday’s hearing the State attorney Masha Luthfee said that according to the law the Criminal Court has no authority to order a convict to be granted medical leave abroad.
She also stated that Maldives Correctional Service has always been arranging medical treatments for convicts, and this was not done under any order from court.
Masha said that convicts are granted fly order to foreign countries for medical when the required medical treatment is not available in the Maldives and only after the case is assessed by the medical board and followed by permission from the Commissioner of Prisons.
Hence, due to all these factors, the State sought to cancel the permit granted in the court order for Qasim to travel abroad for medical treatment.
As the hearings on the case had concluded on Wednesday, the verdict will be issued in the next hearing.