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Case against ex-pres Yameen appealed at Supreme Court

Ahmed Aiham
13 May 2019, MVT 17:59
Former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom at the convening meeting of PNC. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
13 May 2019, MVT 17:59

The Supreme Court on Monday, appealed one of the cases against former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom.

However, local media Mihaaru noted that it was currently unaware which case was appealed.

The hearing for the case is scheduled for Thursday, and will be presided over Chief Justice Dr Ahmed Abdulla Didi and a full Supreme Court Bench.

Moreover, the Prosecutor General's Office was unavailable for comment.

Yameen faces multiple charges after being implicated in graft scandal of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC).

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) released an investigative report, revealing that most of the stolen funds were transferred to SOF, a private company which deposited USD 1 million to Yameen's account at Maldives Islamic Bank (MIB).

In December 2018, Criminal Courts ordered to freeze assets, with over MVR 100 million in Bank of Maldives (BML) and Maldives Islamic Bank (MIB), as requested by Police.

Per the High Court's verdict, the Criminal Court ordered the accounts to be frozen under article 72 and 73 of criminal procedure code until March 12.

On March 31, High Court overturned the Criminal Court's verdict.

Additionally, the order to detain the former president until the end of his money laundering case was overturned by High Court and was released.

His money laundering case is still ongoing.

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