'Your love is beyond this world,' Gayoom hails 'epic' wife

"Your loyalty is boundless. Your love is beyond this world," former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom said on Twitter on Saturday.

The 80 year old former strongman was dedicating his gratitude to his spouse Nasreena Ibrahim after he was granted bail last week following months in prison.

The former first lady had led the efforts to free her ailing husband. The usually media shy and soft spoken Nasreena showed immense courage as she stood outside the court for hours as her husband was jailed along with her son and son in law.

"Your strength is epic. Your courage is phenomenal. Your spirit is indomitable," Gayoom wrote in tribute to his wife of nearly 50 years.

"Indeed love is a many splendoured thing. My beloved wife, my dearest friend, I thank Allah for the wonderful blessing that is you."

The country's High Court on Monday granted bail and released Gayoom until it reaches a verdict on the appeal.

The 80 year old Gayoom was convicted of obstruction of justice and sentenced to one year seven months and six days in prison in June.

Gayoom is also on trial for terrorism after being accused in the alleged plot to overthrow the government over the Supreme Court on February 1.

The High Court's decision came in the wake of the opposition alliance victory in last month's presidential elections.

Elections Commission on Sunday announced the official results which confirmed opposition alliance presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih as the seventh president of the archipelago with a staggering 58.4 percent of the votes.

Solih had been backed by incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's main political rivals including the now jailed former presidents Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Nasheed along with Jumhoory Party leader and business tycoon Gasim Ibrahim.