Opposition leader and former President of the Maldives Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayyoom has been moved to house arrest. He was transferred to house arrest earlier this evening.
President Yameen was serving a five-year jail sentence after being found guilty of money laundering in 2019. The former president's jail sentence was appealed at the High Court of the Maldives, but the high court supported the lower court's decision. Since then the case has been appealed at the Supreme Court of the Maldives.
According to Maldives Correctional Service, the state prison service, the former president was transferred to house arrest due to a rising number of covid-19 cases in Maafushi, where the former president was serving his sentence.
Supporters of former president have been taking to the streets calling to transfer him home. They vowed to continue protesting until he is home.
President Yameen has spent more than 500 days in prison claims that the charges against him are politically motivated.