18 January 2016; “The Government of the Republic of Maldives notes its disappointment that former President Mohamed Nasheed has refused to sign the standard guarantee document agreeing to return to the Maldives, to serve the remainder of his sentence following the completion of the medical treatment in the United Kingdom. The Government further notes its disappointment that the former President is requesting unconditional leave and to remain in the UK. The former President is a serving prisoner and must abide by the laws of the Maldives. An appeal against his conviction is pending before the Supreme Court and unless and until the court rules otherwise he is required to serve the remainder of his sentence.
The Government would like to highlight that it was former President Nasheed who requested to undergo surgery in the UK. The Government agreed to accommodate his request, even though the minor surgery he requires is readily available in the Maldives.
The Government notes that it is standard procedure for any prisoner who applies to travel abroad, for medical treatment, to sign such a guarantee. All prisoners who have successfully travelled abroad have signed such documents as required by Maldivian law. Former President Mohamed Nasheed was granted permission under the condition to serve the remainder of the sentence upon return to the Maldives after the surgery as announced by the Government on 16 January 2016. It is a matter of Maldivian law that any convicted person sentenced to a period of imprisonment who requests to travel abroad is required to sign a surety of return which is co-signed by a proposed guarantor. Such a practice is standard procedure. The rights of the guarantor are not hindered in any way and the guarantor may at any time transfer their obligations to another guarantor of the person if they are required to travel abroad.
The Government emphasizes that this is the only condition that has been attached to the former President’s request for temporary travel abroad.
The Government of Maldives would like to call upon the former President to sign the document and abide by the laws of the country so that he is able to undergo the minor surgery in the UK.”