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Former president Gayoom departs to Malaysia for medical check up

Shaina Abdulla
24 October 2018, MVT 11:59
Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom
Shaina Abdulla
24 October 2018, MVT 11:59

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, on Tuesday, departed to Malaysia for medical treatment.

The former president and former First Lady Nasreena Ibrahim had departed to Kuala Lampur, Malaysia on Tuesday for medical checkups.

Gayoom took to twitter after the former first couple’s arrival and stated the former president would need a medical check up after nearly eight months in prison.

Vice President-Elect Faisal Naseem, supporters and well-wishers had seen him off at the Velana International Airport.

Gayoom, who is over 80 years of age, suffers from a condition known as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) which is a type of balance disorder that can cause those afflicted to experience sudden dizziness, difficulty standing, nausea and/or fainting.

The former president, arrested early February under accusations of attempting a coup against the government of his younger brother incumbent President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, was charged with refusing to hand over his mobile phone to the police for investigation. In addition to obstruction of justice, Gayoom was also charged with terrorism.

However, Gayoom was freed after a bail bond of MVR 60 000 was deposited on his behalf at High Court, until the end of his trial.

High Court, then, overturned the Criminal Court's verdict to sentence former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom to jail.

The former president escaped the prison sentence of a year, seven months and six days.

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