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Ex-VP Adeeb to testify against former pres Yameen

Ahmed Aiham
22 August 2019, MVT 00:15
Former vice president Ahmed Adeeb (L) and former president Abdulla Yamaeen Abdul Gayoom. PHOTO: PRESIDENT'S OFFICE
Ahmed Aiham
22 August 2019, MVT 00:15

Former vice president Ahmed Adeeb is scheduled to testify against former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, on Thursday.

In addition to Adeeb, Anti Corruption Commission (ACC)' Vice President Muawiz Rasheed and MMPRC's then managing director Abdulla Ziyath will testify at the Criminal Court.

The proceedings will be broadcast in real-time through the state's Public Service Media.

Money laundering charges were made against the former president over USD 1 million deposited into his account at Maldives Islamic Bank by SOF Pvt Ltd during the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) graft scandal.

Additionally, the charges included Yameen depositing another sum of money into the escrow account jointly managed by himself and ACC, instead of the funds transferred by SOF.

Although the charges against Adeeb were dropped, clearing him from serving a jail sentence of 33 years, the state had appealed one case regarding the MMPRC graft scandal at the Supreme Court.

Adeeb is accused of violating his travel ban imposed by the apex court, by fleeing the country after signing a confession and agreeing to testify in court.

The MMPRC fraud was the largest recorded corruption scandal that took place in Maldivian history. Although authorities estimate that the state lost a total of MVR 1.3 billion due to illegal land leasing, some suspect the actual loss is even higher.

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