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Ex-pres Yameen discharged from hospital

Fathmath Shaahunaz
24 February 2020, MVT 09:47
Former president Abdulla Yameen escorted to the High Court for his appeal hearing. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
24 February 2020, MVT 09:47

Maldives Correctional Service (MCS) revealed that jailed former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom was discharged from Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) on Saturday.

The former president was admitted for three-days, undergoing heart-related medical tests.

MCS' spokesperson confirmed that Yameen was discharged last weekend and transferred back to prison.

Meanwhile, the High Court has scheduled to hold a hearing of his appeal trial on Monday afternoon.

Criminal Court sentenced Yameen last November to five years in prison and a fine of USD 5 million, on money laundering charges related to the embezzlement of MVR 3.3 billion from Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC).

Following his imprisonment, the former president has claimed that his medical complications require treatment from abroad, as advised by his doctors. Therefore, the judges' bench asked Yameen to submit the relevant documents to court for review.

The former president had also requested to be released on bail until the end of his appeal, which the High Court denied.

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