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Ex-pres Yameen hospitalized again

Mariyam Malsa
05 March 2019, MVT 09:37
Former President Yameen being transported to Maafushi Prison. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/ MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
05 March 2019, MVT 09:37

Detained former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom was hospitalised at Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) on Monday.

According to an IGMH official, Yameen was brought to the hospital for a 24-hour observation period at approximately 18 30 hours.

The official further stated that Yameen was transferred to IGMH as per the recommendations of the cardiologists stationed at Maafushi Prison where the former President is being detained.

While the Criminal Court issued the order for Yameen's detainment on February 19, this is the second time former president was hospitalized.

Yameen will be detained in Maafush Prison's Special Protection Unit until the investigation and court proceedings conclude.These cells feature an air-conditioned room, corridor and backyard, with amenities including a bed with a soft mattress, wardrobe, refrigerator, automatic washing machine, and hot water in the bathroom.

In addition to the amenities provided in the Special Protection Units, inmates housed there have an allocated exercise area and are served specially-made meals. Maldives Correction Service (MCS) closely observes the healthcare and medical needs of the inmates.

Yameen is implicated in the embezzlement of MVR 1.3 billion from Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC). According to the report recently publicised by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), most of the stolen funds were syphoned to, SOF, a private company which had deposited USD 1 million to Yameen's account at Maldives Islamic Bank (MIB).

The Prosecutor General's Office charged Yameen for laundering and deriving a profit from the USD 1 million deposited by SOF to his personal account.

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