Nasheed urges leeway for jailed Gayoom

Self-exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed on Saturday urged incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom to allow leeway for former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom who remain jailed for the alleged plot to overthrow the government.

The 80 year old now charged with terrorism over the coup plot has warned authorities of health risk while his family had claimed that Gayoom's health continues to worsen.

Gayoom's repeated requests to be transferred to house arrest have been ignored.

Nasheed took to Twitter to express concern over Gayoom's health, accusing president Yameen of mistreating the former president.

"You can offer some leeway to president Gayoom without compromising your political standing," Nasheed told Yameen.

The most high-profile figures remanded until the end of the trial included Gayoom, chief justice Abdulla Saeed and top court judge Ali Hameed - all now formally charged with terrorism over the alleged plot to overthrow the government.

In addition to the terrorism charge, the trio who had been arrested under the state of emergency have also been charged with obstruction of justice over their refusal to handover their mobile phones to the police.

The two top court judges along with now jailed chief judicial administrator Hassan Saeed are also facing bribery charges. Chief justice Saeed is facing a fourth charge of impeding the functioning of the state for allegedly blocking the receipt of three letters sent by president Yameen shortly after the top court ruling on February 1.

Prosecutors have also formally charged four opposition lawmakers over the alleged coup plot.

Gayoom's lawmaker son Faris Maumoon, Jumhoory Party (JP) deputy leader Abdulla Riyaz, Dhangethi lawmaker Ilham Ahmed and South-Machchangoalhi lawmaker Abdulla Sinan have all been charged with terrorism for conspiring to overthrow the government. All four lawmakers have also been remanded until the trial ends.

In addition, former police chief Ahmed Areef has also been charged and remanded until sentencing.

PG office said Areef had handpicked certain police officers in violation of normal procedure to enforce the Supreme Court order and also attempted to disrupt the peace of the country.