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Doctors advise ex-pres Yameen to seek foreign treatment

Mariyam Malsa
26 February 2020, MVT 17:12
Former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom with Maldives Correctional Service Officers.. PHOTO: AHMED AWSHAN ILYAS / MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
26 February 2020, MVT 17:12

A team of doctors from state-run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) advised the state to arrange medical treatment overseas for former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

In a tweet, Minister of Home Affairs Imran Abdulla confirmed that he discussed the health concerns with Yameen during their meeting on Monday. He added that he conveyed the doctors' advice to Yameen's family.

Local media outlet Mihaaru previously stated that Yameen was discharged from IGMH with a letter from his doctors who advised that he travel abroad for medical treatments which were not available in Maldives. However, authorities had not confirmed the matter at the time.

The former president was discharged from IGMH and transferred back to Maafushi Prison on February 22, after being admitted for three days to undergo heart-related medical tests.

Mihaaru further reported that, according to sources, Yameen refused the home minister's suggestion to travel abroad and instead requested to be transferred to house arrest.

The former president also claimed that his medical complications required treatment from abroad during his appeal hearings at the High Court. In response, the judges' bench asked Yameen to submit the relevant documents to court for review.

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).

The High Court has denied Yameen's request to be released on bail or delay implementation of the sentence.

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