Ex-pres hospitalized for a second time

Former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom has been brought to state-run Indira Ghandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) in capital Male' for consultation with a cardiologist.

The former president, who is currently under state custody until the end of his money laundering trail was brought to IGMH around 6.30pm on Monday evening. He was brought to Male' on the advise of the doctor at Maafushi jail, where he is currently detained at.

IGMH media official revealed that President Yameen has been admitted for observation.

When contacted for more information, Maldives Corrections Service confirmed that the former president was brought to IGMH, however, the entity refused to divulge further information in order to protect the privacy of the patient.

Criminal Court earlier this month began the trial of former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom who is facing charges of money laundering linked to the biggest corruption scandal in the history of the island nation.

The prosecution asked the court to take Yameen into custody to deny him the chance to influence the evidence against him, which was granted by the court. The former resident is now being held in Maafushi remand jail until the end of his trial.