Former defence minister Mohamed Nazim departed for Malaysia Thursday night after he was authorised to travel overseas for medical treatment.
The Maldives Correctional Service granted medical furlough at the request of the human rights watchdog, according to reports.
The retired colonel was previously allowed to seek treatment in Singapore for deteriorating eyesight, cardiac issues, and varicose veins.
In January last year, a UN rights panel found Nazim was not afforded a fair trial and backed his assertion that he was framed by Specialist Operations police officers, whom he accused of planting a pistol in his bedroom. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention urged the authorities to immediately release him but the government rejected the “non-binding” judgement.
In February this year, Nazim was among nine prisoners whose convictions were quashed in a shock ruling by the Supreme Court, citing politically motivated trials.
President Yameen reacted by declaring a state of emergency. The unanimous Supreme Court order was “nullified” by a three-judge bench on February 6, a day after the security forces stormed the court and arrested two of the five justices, including the chief justice.
Colonel (Rtd.) Mohamed Nazim (@nazim7878) Beys Faruvaa ah Malaysia ah Furaavadaigathun. Get Well Soon & See You Soon@adamazim @afaaf7878 @MDPSecretariat @JPSecretariat @AdhaalathOffice @RMAG_MRM pic.twitter.com/JzmsogZUtp
— Mohamed Adhuham (@adhoo69) October 4, 2018