Authorities transfer ailing Gayoom to Dhoonidhoo jail

At a time when former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom's physical health is notably deteriorating, he has been transferred to Dhoonidhoo jail once again.

A senior member of Maumoon Reform Movement confirmed the former head of state is en-route his transfer to Dhoonidhoo from Maafushi jail. However, the reasons for the abrupt shift is still unclear.

Gayoom who is serving jail time for a criminal offense has recently been diagnosed with several physical ailments. Meanwhile a group of doctors were recently dispatched to Maafushi to consult the weakening leader.

Several have raised concern the former president was not subjected to adequate medical care that may in turn endanger his life.

Maldives Criminal Court sentenced him to jail for a period of one year seven months for the convicted offense of obstructing justice. The former president refused to divulge information on his smartphone for ongoing police investigation.

Earlier his consulting doctors had advised Gayoom to rest and avoid any amount of movement due to his physical condition.

Following doctors' instructions his family on multiple occasions attempted to transfer the ailing leader to house arrest. However the court and Maldives Correctional Service have not permitted as per the family's requests.

Gayoom was apprehended by local authorities following the Supreme Court order of February 1. He is also charged with acts of terrorism.