Maldives revokes medical leave for former president

An official says the Maldives government has revoked an extension of the medical leave given to the country's jailed former president and he is expected to return to prison soon.

Former President Mohamed Nasheed, who is serving a 13-year jail term for ordering the arrest of a top judge, left for Britain in January on medical leave to undergo spinal surgery.

Government spokesman Ibrahim Hussain Shihab said Monday that Nasheed had sought an extension of the medical leave and the government had initially agreed to extend it until May 19, but withdrew the approval because Nasheed's lawyers confirmed that no surgery is scheduled.

Nasheed lawyer Hassan Latheef said he was unable to comment because he has not received any official communication from the government.