Ex-pres returned to jail after hospitalization

Former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom has been taken back to jail.

After being hospitalized at state-run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) in capital Male', he was released at 9 am on Thursday morning and taken back to Maafushi Jail.

President Yameen is being held under state custody until the end of his money-laundering trial. The Prosecutor General requested the Criminal Court to take Yameen into custody to deny him the chance to influence the evidence against him. The arrest has since been appealed at the High Court by President Yameen.

Prior to his arrest, the former president had implored not to keep him under state custody due to his medical conditions. President Yameen during the hearing said he had back problems which causes him pain.