Maldives President Nasheed pardons 7 Filipino prisoners

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THE government of Maldives has freed seven Filipino prisoners, the Department of Foreign Affairs reported Friday. In her report to the Foreign Affairs department, Philippine Ambassador to Dhaka (Bangladesh) Zenaida Tacorda Rabago said that Maldives’ President Mohamed Nasheed ordered the release of the seven overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) incarcerated in Maafushi Prison as a gesture of goodwill and as a farewell gift to the Filipino envoy who is retiring from the foreign service.

This transpired when Rabago, also the country’s non-resident Ambassador to Maldives and Sri Lanka, paid farewell calls to Nasheed recently.

According to Foreign Affairs department, the seven OFWs, who all pleaded guilty to credit card theft and fraud were sentenced to 25 years in prison in February 2009.

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