Yameen allowed to hold meetings at home without permission
Director General of Transition and PPM-PNC chief Abdul Raheem told a news conference on Thursday that the relationship between Muizzu and Yameen is very good.
Mohamed Muzayyin Nazim
Opposition leader, former President Abdulla Yameen, who is under house arrest, has been allowed to meet anyone at home without permission.
After the victory of the PPM-PNC in the presidential election, President-elect Dr Mohamed Muizzu called on the government to transfer Yameen home that night as promised. The next day, the government placed Yameen under house arrest.
Atoll Times has confirmed that when Yameen was transferred to his home, the corrections had initially arranged for him to obtain permission from the corrections in advance before conducting meetings at home. However, at his request, the corrections have now allowed him to meet people without prior permission. It was also notified in writing.
“In important matters, the Service [Corrections] has been given permission to meet Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayoom at his detained house (H. Dhoovehige) without prior notice,” the letter said.
Some government sources and a person close to Yameen confirmed to Atoll Times that it is an authentic document.
This is not the rule for other offenders under house arrest. When asked about the matter, Corrections spokesperson Aminath Yusreen said Yameen was transferred to house arrest under three conditions:
Not to leave the house
Not giving interviews to the media
Cooperate in his monitoring in any case
Some senior PPM-PNC members told Atoll Times that although there is no obstacle to Yameen meeting people, he has not yet met the president-elect.
The president-elect's office held a press conference on Tuesday, where the office's spokesman Mohamed Firzul said:
Yameen is currently under house arrest and Muizzu has to take time to meet many people during the transitional period
In addition, he mentioned the legal situation as a difficulty in holding meetings due to his house arrest
Director General of Transition and PPM-PNC chief Abdul Raheem told a news conference on Thursday that the relationship between Muizzu and Yameen is very good but he does not know whether the two have met. The two will know if discussions are going on between them, he said.
Yameen was sentenced to 11 years in prison for the MMPRC scam. The verdict prevented him from contesting the presidential election. So, with his support, Muizzu contested on the PNC ticket. Muizzu has said that Yameen will be freed in his government, and within the legal framework.