China has financed Maldives projects with loans in excess of a billion dollars.
The president was advised not to plunge the nation into chaos and unrest.
The former president and his son deny all charges against them.
Gayoom's family do not know why there is a delay.
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"...