Former President Abdulla Yameen

Ex-president transferred back to prison after medical tests

  • He was brought to the capital last Wednesday
  • MCS said that he had been admitted at IGMH since Thursday, and the tests were done on Saturday
  • The former president will be brought to Malé on Monday as well, as a hearing in his appeal case is scheduled for afternoon

Aishath Shaany
Shaaknee

K. Male' 2020 Feb 24 | Mon 09:34 local 1,808

File photo: former President Abdulla Yameen - Yoosuf Sofwan Rasheed

Jailed former President Abdulla Yameen has been transferred back to prison, after being admitted at Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital for about three days.

He was brought to the capital last Wednesday, and the media officer at the Maldives Correctional Services (MCS) told RaajjeMV that Yameen was admitted at IGMH since Thursday for some tests.

While these tests were done on Saturday, the official said that he was transferred back the same day.

The former president will be brought to Malé on Monday as well, as a hearing in his appeal case is scheduled for afternoon.

The former president had highlighted his health issues during a previous appeal hearing, including heart and mental health issues. He added that he has been receiving treatment for the heart condition, even prior to his conviction last November.

The former president had told the court that the condition cannot be treated in Maldives, and that the required tests are not available in the country.

Further claiming that he required surgery for a spine injury, Yameen said that he wished to do so abroad.

Yameen was convicted on money-laundering charges on 28th November 2019, for laundering USD through the state-owned Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) via a private company SoF, during his presidency. He was sentenced to five years in prison and fined USD five million to be paid within in six months. Earlier this month, the High Court ruled against releasing him on bail

Last updated at: 1 week ago | Reviewed by: Abdulla Naseer Ibrahim

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