Maldives Correctional Service reveals former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was hospitalized at state-run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) early Thursday in order to conduct urgent medical tests.
The 80-year-old former president has been serving a jail sentence since February this year.
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 further deteriorated.
The former president has been transferred back to Maafushi Prison after his tests concluded.
Maumoon’s son-in-law, Mohamed Nadheem had also been taken to the hospital to conduct an MRI.
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.
In July, the Criminal Court sentenced Maumoon to one year and six months in jail for obstructing investigations, following the infamous ruling by the Supreme Court on February 1. He is convicted of obstructing justice over refusing to submit his phone to the police for investigation.