EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 29/04/95
21 July 1995
Further information (2) on UA 115/95 (ASA 29/02/95, 25 May 1995) and follow-up
ASA 29/03/95, 15 June 1995 - Possible Prisoners of Conscience / Health Concern
This is a limited action. Please restrict appeals to 20 per section.
REPUBLIC OF MALDIVESAhamed Shafeeq, aged 67, former civil servant, writer
Ali Moosa Didi, writer and politician
Mohamed Shafeeq, former civil servant
and one other (name unknown)
Amnesty International remains concerned about the health of Ahamed Shafeeq
and Ali Moosa Didi who were arrested on 21 April 1995.
Ahamed Shafeeq was transferred from Male' police headquarters to house arrest
on 1 July. He is now permitted to receive visitors and use the telephone. To
date, he has not been charged or brought before a court. He is said to be
an asthma-sufferer and to have a lung infection. He has also been diagnosed
by a psychiatrist as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and has
been advised to avoid stressful situations; Amnesty International is concerned
that anxiety caused to Ahamed Shafeeq by being held under house arrest may
aggravate his already poor physical and mental condition.
Ali Moosa Didi returned to Male' from hospital treatment in Trivandrum, India
on 10 July. He was immediately taken to Dhoonidhoo detention centre. To
Amnesty International's knowledge, his relatives have not been allowed to see
Reports have also been received that Ahamed Shafeeq's son, Mohammed Shafeeq,
was arrested on 17 July. He was seen being taken to Dhoonidoo detention centre
on that day. Amnesty International is concerned that Ali Moosa Didi and Mohamed
Shafeeq may be subjected to torture or ill-treatment while in custody at
Dhoonidhoo detention centre.
Amnesty International has also learned that a third person, who was present
at the time of Ahamed Shafeeq's and Ali Moosa Didi's arrest in April, was taken
into custody in early July. The organization is currently seeking more
information from the government about his arrest.
Over the last few years, Amnesty International has received several reports
that political and other prisoners have been subjected to torture or
ill-treatment and that confessions were made under duress. Before they are
brought to trial, political prisoners are either kept at Male' police
headquarters or at Dhoonidhoo detention centre, which also comes under the
direct responsibility of the police. Several prisoners who have been held at
Dhoonidhoo have complained of ill-treatment there during the period of their
interrogation. Some say they were held in solitary confinement for several
months after denying knowledge of the charges against them. Some were held
in solitary confinement for as long as 18 or 24 months. Some say that for up
to about six weeks, during the period of solitary confinement, they were held
in handcuffs joined together by a single hinge which greatly restricted their
movement, interfering with their ability to eat and to keep themselves clean.