The parole board formed by President Waheed has released four inmates from Maafushi prison.
State Minister for the Home Ministry Mohamed Fayaz said the four inmates underwent a rehabilitation programme for a year prior to their release on parole, according to Haveeru.
The new parole board was formed in April after the shutdown of the “Second Chance” programme started by the former government.
Rehabilitation programmes are being conducted for a large number of inmates serving long prison sentences, the Home Ministry said.
An inmate released under the “Second Chance Programme” to be reintegrated into society was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of dealing drugs.
Haveeru reports State Minister for Health Lubna Zahir Hussein as saying in a press conference last night that the convict would be returned to jail if he was found guilty.
Lubna stressed that the government planned to share details of the ongoing programme with the media, including cases of convicts relapsing into crime.
Five convicts released under the programme were previously apprehended after testing positive for drug use. While three of them are to be sent to detoxification centres, clinical assessments were pending for the remaining two.
State Minister for Home Affairs Mohamed ‘Monaza’ Naeem said last week that the 134 convicts released so far under the programme are being monitored under a special mechanism.