Former Vice President Ahmed Adheeb has left for Singapore to receive urgent medical treatment, according to his political party, the Maldives Third Way Democrats (MTD). Adheeb’s departure took place on Tuesday night, accompanied by personnel from the Maldives Correctional Service (MCS) and the Police, as per media reports. He has been granted permission to be out of the country for a period of 10 days.

The MTD revealed that Adheeb’s trip to Singapore was recommended by multiple doctors in light of his critical condition caused by a life-threatening neurological disease. Concerns over his health prompted the decision for him to seek specialised medical care abroad, the party said.

Adheeb was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined MVR2 million in 2020 after he was convicted in the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) corruption case. However, he was transferred from jail to house arrest on medical grounds in 2020.

While Adheeb awaits the opportunity to have his jail sentence commuted through parole, his legal team has been advocating for his release. However, no decision has so far been made on his plea for commutation.