Gayoom suffers from Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.
The former dictator faces between 17 and 20 years in jail if convicted.
There are doubts a free and fair election can be held in the Maldives.
The former president and two top judges were sentenced to 19 months in prison.
Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was arrested in February during a state of emergency in connection with an alleged coup plot.
Defence Minister Adam Shareef met the two high-profile detainees as the president's envoy.
Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was arrested during a state of emergency in connection with an alleged coup plot. He was charged with terrorism and is detained for...
Judge Hassan Najeeb refused to slow down the pace of the trial or give the defence more time to prepare, prompting lawyers to walk out of...
Maumoon Hameed announced he was boycotting the trial in a tweet after criticising its “grave procedural defects.”
The former president has worked since 2013 to bribe judges and influence rulings, and has also bribed two lawmakers, according to the charge sheet.
Nine people are on trial over an alleged plot to topple the government. Their arrests followed a shock Supreme Court ruling that ordered the release of...
Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has been asked not to move his head at all by an ENT doctor, his lawyer Faisal Mohamed said.
Dunya Maumoon, a former foreign minister in her uncle President Abdulla Yameen's government, told an Indian newspaper that the Maldivian "experiment with democracy may be failing"...
The constitution was crushed and his detention was an inhumane atrocity, the chief justice told the court.
Maumoon Abdul Gayoom started planning to overthrow the government in 2015, police spokesman Ahmed Shifan told the media in a surprise press conference.
The former president said he had written to the court and asked it to reconsider his detention as he was elderly and had health problems.
The incarceration of the former president and strongman, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, has provoked mixed emotions among Maldivians.