Parliament passes prison and parole bill

The ‘Prison and Parole Bill’ has been passed by Parliament for a third time, after being returned twice for reconsideration by President Mohamed Waheed, reports local media.

The bill was unanimously passed today (August 29) with the 28 points Waheed previously requested be reconsidered having been reviewed and amended, MP Moosa Manik told local media.

The bill currently has “no major issues,” he added.

The bill aims to strengthen the prison system, which will enable government authorities ensure inmates’ rights and privileges are protected, said Manik. Vocational training and creating a safe and secure environment for inmates will also be provided.

In addition, the ‘Prison and Parole Bill’ will establish a separate institution, referred to as the Maldives Correctional Service, to create prison regulations and run the facilities.


Prison and parole bill returned to committee

The Maldives’ parliament returned the Prison and Parole Bill to the national security committee for review after President Waheed Hassan Manik refused to ratify it, citing the lack of detail regarding establishment of a women’s centre and Maldives Correctional Service institution, reports local media.

The bill was originally submitted three years ago, passed in 2012, and was then returned to parliament by Waheed in January 2013.

The bill mandates establishment of specialised centres for holding women and children in custody.

It would also create the Maldives Correctional Service, however the bill did not specify which state party would be responsible for establishing the institution.