President Mohamed Nasheed has today met with a team from the United States Department of Justice, who are visiting the Maldives to make a prison assessment. The meeting was held this afternoon at the President’s Office.

The team briefed the President on their findings and recommendations on how to strengthen the prison system in the Maldives in areas such as prison operations, prison facilities, training and personnel development, and complying with international human rights standards.

The team include Department of Justice Assistant Director of Corrections Programs Mr Mike Pannek, Mr Jeffrey Woodworth of the Bureau of Prisons, and two officials based in the US Embassy in Colombo.