Home Ministry has stated that the former Kaashidhoo constituency MP Ismail Abdul Hameed still remains under house arrest 10 months after his sentence to banishment, as an island for his exile could not be decided.
Ismail Abdul Hameed was sentenced to exile at the end of last August. He was found guilty of unfair unlawful influence of authority to gain profit while he served as the Director of Male Municipality.
Department of Penitentiary and Rehabilitation Services (DPRS) In-Charge and State Home Minister Mohamed Fayaz said that the implementation of Hameed’s sentence has been delayed as an island for him to carry out his sentence had still not been finalized. He said that the convict is given a chance to choose an island but Hameed had failed to decide. He further stated that the Home Ministry had also worked to expedite the process but no island council had agreed to accept Hameed.
He said that under the procedure, if an island for banishment cannot be decided, the sentence will duly be carried out in house arrest. Fayaz said that while part of his sentence had been carried out, Hameed had also applied for parole and that it is being looked in to.
Hameed was sentenced after being found accountable for signing an acknowledged document roughly six months before receiving a garbage transporter ‘Ufuli’ vessel which gave a Singapore company undue profit.
The agreement to buy the vessel stated that fifty percent of the total cost is to be paid only upon its delivery but the transaction had been in favor of the company as it was paid fully before the vessel was delivered.