Ex-VP Adeeb taken to IGMH for treatment

Former Vice President of Maldives and leader of Maldives Third-way Democrats (MTD) Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor was taken to Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) after his health deteriorated on Thursday night.

Vice President of MTD Abdulla Yameen Rasheed said Adeeb fell unconscious while in his jail cell, upon which he was urgently brought to IGMH for treatment.

The Supreme Court recently ordered to detain the former vice president until the end of Maabinhuraa corruption trial on the Prosecutor General request as he was a flight risk.

Earlier this month, Adeeb attempted to flee the country after he was acquitted of charges against him. He remains a subject of investigation for alleged misappropriation of state funds, corruption and money laundering due to which a travel ban was imposed on him. However, despite the active travel ban, he fled the country and was discovered by Indian authorities as he tried to enter Tuticorin, India on a tug boat. He was then handed over to Maldives police upon which he was returned back to the country.

Adeeb has several health issues including an eye condition known as Glaucoma and kidney issues. While he was under the custody of Maldives Correctional Services, he traveled to India in June after authorities granted him permission to seek treatment in India. Doctors recommended to return to India for a follow up after six months.