After 85 days in detention, Dhiggaru MP Faris Maumoon has been released to house arrest on Wednesday.
Sourcing says Faris was transferred due to renovation work at the prison cell he was being detained in.
The MP was taken to Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital on Tuesday for consultations. He reportedly saw an ENT specialist and a dermatologist. It was the first time the MP was taken to a doctor in Male’ since his arrest.
Police arrested Faris on July 18, after almost a four-hour search at his apartment in M. Snow Rose. After the search police took the house’s CCTV system, a laptop, pen drive and some bank-related documents for the investigation.
He was arrested on the accusation of offering bribes, but was charged under Article 510 (a) of the Penal Code, which refers to the crime of accepting bribes. The state later changed the bribery charge after his lawyer and many others called for his release citing he was not charged with the crime he was accused of.
If found guilty of the charge, he will face a prison sentence up to three years, two months and twelve days, and he will subsequently lose his parliamentary seat.
The MP is also standing trial on the accusation of using divided ruling party PPM’s logo and flag without permission.
Faris defected to the opposition after the ruling party split last year over a leadership row between his father Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and uncle President Abdulla Yameen.