Head of Department and Penitentiary and Rehabilitation Services (DPRS) Mohamed Rasheed has confirmed that a police officer is being questioned for allegedly attempting to smuggle charged phone batteries to inmates at Maafushi prison.
”When he [the police officer] entered through the prison gates, our prison officers suspected that he was up to something,” said Rasheed. ”So prison officers followed him and made sure that something was going with him.”
After the prison officers were sure, Rasheed said prison officers immediately informed the police about the matter.
”Police searched his body and discovered those items on him,” he said. ”We did not search his body because he was a police officer and we thought it would be best to let the police do it.”
Rasheed said that a part of Maafushi Prison had been given to police temporarily to use to keep pre-trial detainees.
Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam also confirmed that a police officer was caught with two charged batteries on him.
”We are investigating the case,” Shiyam said. ”Two extra mobile phones were found with him as well.”
In March last year, State Home Minister Ahmed Adil said several jail officers are being investigated on suspicion of helping inmates to bring mobile phones and drugs into cells in Male’ prison.
He also claimed that prison officers were helping inmates to bring in mobile phones and drugs.