'Govt in discussion regarding ex-pres' possible home transfer' - Pres Solih

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has stated that the government is in discussion with relevant authorities regarding a request to transfer jailed Former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom to home arrest.

The former president is currently serving a five year sentence on a money-laundering conviction. Yameen's family and party officials recently requested authorities to transfer Yameen to home arrest for the Holy Month of Ramadan, which begins Tuesday.

Speaking at a press conference held at the President's Office on Monday, President Solih said he received a letter sent by former First Lady, Madam Fathmath Ibrahim requesting home transfer for President Yameen. He also said members of the opposition coalition had recently met with him to discuss a possible transfer. The government is deliberating on both requests, said the president.

"God willing, no harm will befall President Yameen," assured President Solih.

President Solih said the environment provided for President Yameen at Maafushi Prison is very comfortable. He added that the former president had declined the government's offer to send him abroad to undergo medical tests recommended by his doctors. The details of his medical issues were explained in Madam Fathmath Ibrahim's letter, said President Solih.

"We will reach a swift decision on this matter soon," said the President.