President Mohamed Nasheed has granted clemency to 39 Maldivians and 10 expats who were sentenced to Maldivian jails.
Most of those granted clemency were inmates sentenced for long term punishments and had spent a long time in the cells, according to Director General of Department of Penitentiary and Rehabilitation Services [DPRS] Ahmed Rasheed.
“Among the 39 Maldivians [granted clemency], most were mainly charged with drug-related cases and some of them were sentenced for objection to order and other such crimes,’’ said Rasheed.
“Seven of the 10 expats were sentenced in a single fraud case.”
Rasheed said although clemency was granted to the seven expats, they would be deported from the Maldives.
President Nasheed also granted clemency decreasing the punishment of another 100 convicted criminals.
“These people were also mainly sentenced for drug related cases and some of them had been banished,’’ Rasheed said.
Inmates at Maafushi jail have on many occasions claimed that President Mohamed Nasheed promised that he would grant clemency to everyone in Maafushi jail when he came in to power.
They claimed that most of their parents and family members voted for president Nasheed due to this pledge he made.
However, the Human Right Commission of the Maldives [HRCM] has claimed that Male’ has reached a situation where it is difficult for people to live a normal life due to rising gang violence.
The commission noted earlier this week that the release of people charged with “perilous crimes” such as murder had led to them repeating the crimes, and that the agencies responsible for the implementation of sentences are not taking necessary measures to ensure they were served.