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Ex-pres Gayoom hospitalised at IGMH

Nafaahath Ibrahim
13 September 2018, MVT 11:19
President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED / MIHAARU
Nafaahath Ibrahim
13 September 2018, MVT 11:19

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was hospitalized at state-run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) early Thursday.

Maumoon's family and lawyers stated they were unsure of why he was brought to the hospital, saying that it could be to do some medical tests. His family is currently at the hospital.

Local media Mihaaru had reached out to Maldives Correctional Services for comment, but were unable to reach them.

The 80-year-old former president has been serving a jail sentence at Maafushi Prison. He is known to be suffering from Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). Doctors were taken to Maafushi Prison to treat him last week after his condition declined.

Doctors have advised shifting Maumoon to house arrest as he is unable to attend to basic needs on his own.

Maumoon's family has repeatedly requested to change him to house arrest but the government has not abided the request. However, the authorities had shifted him to Maafushi Prison from Dhoonidhoo Detention Centre within a day.

The Criminal Court sentenced Maumoon to one year and six months of in July 2018 for obstructing investigations, following the infamous ruling by the Supreme Court on February 1. He is convicted of obstructing justice for refusing to hand over his phone to the police for investigation.