A Maafushi Jail inmate is currently undergoing surgery in Malé’s Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) following a fight at the jail.
Ibrahim Azar of Maafannu Dhodhilge was brought to Malé at around 9:00pm with serious head injuries. He was serving a five year drug abuse sentence. Eyewitnesses say he was unconscious at the time.
Speaking to local broadcaster Raajje TV, Azar’s mother said she had rushed to the hospital after she received reports that her son had been injured in a fight.
“They [police] told me there is no danger. It was just a fist-fight. He does have head injuries. He is talking with his hands. But I asked if he is not injured, why is he talking with his hands?” she said.
Following a CT scan, doctors later told her Azar had suffered several injuries to his skull and needed major surgery.
“My hands were shaking so a relative had to sign the consent forms for surgery,” she said.
Azar is currently serving his second year in jail. His mother said she has not spoken to him in over a month.
“I have not received the six minute phone call I should get from jail,” she said.
Speaking to local newspaper Sun Online, Azar’s brother said: “Even when he was taken out from the emergency room to the operation theater, he was bleeding heavily from his head. The bandage around his head was soaked in blood.”
The fight reportedly occurred between Azar and another inmate.
A Maldives Police Services team is currently at Maafushi Jail to investigate the case.