The Maldives Correctional Service (MCS) is reviewing the leniency granted to former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, who was sentenced to 11 years in prison for bribery and money laundering, citing repeated violations of the concessions agreement between the former president and the correctional authority.

When asked whether action would be taken against Yameen for his political activities, MCS initially said it was investigating the matter — no additional clarifications or comment was provided. However, after news of the comment broke, the correctional authority revised its stance saying that Yameen’s case is now being reviewed.

Yameen had not been granted full freedom to engage in political activities since his transfer to his home following the presidential election. Shortly thereafter, Yameen spoke during a rally held at the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) office, after which he was cautioned by the MCS not to do so again.

Shortly after President Mohamed Muizzu was sworn in, Yameen began distancing himself from the administration-aligned coalition while working towards forming a new political party. Yameen, for a time, continued to attend political meetings held at the party office. Although he did not speak on stage, he expressed his views while in the audience.

Under the concessions agreement, Yameen is permitted to travel anywhere in the greater Malé area for medical treatment, exercise, and other significant undertakings without prior notice to the MCS. Additionally, he can meet with individuals who have significant matters with him without notifying the correctional authority.

However, as the concession agreement makes clear, Yameen is not allowed to engage in activities that the Constitution prohibits of prisoners; a provision that clearly precludes him from taking an active role in political activities.