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Convicted former president transferred to Maafushi Prison

Ahmed Aiham
30 November 2019, MVT 15:30
Former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom during the rally held six days prior to his conviction. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED / MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
30 November 2019, MVT 15:30

Former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, who was convicted of money laundering charges on Thursday, was transferred to Maafushi Prison on Saturday.

Criminal Court sentenced Yameen to five years of imprisonment and imposed a fine of USD 5 million, allotting a six-month period to pay the fine.

He was previously detained at Male' Prison, until authorities completed his medical tests to determine where Yameen would serve his sentence, according to Maldives Correctional Service.

Yameen's legal team expressed concern over his prison conditions, citing a non-flushing toilet, an uncomfortable bed and a cell too small, adding that Yameen's cell is approximately four by six feet.

The state charged the former president with money laundering over a transaction of USD 1 million to his personal account in Maldives Islamic Bank by SOF Pvt Ltd. The company is implicated in the MVR 3.3 billion embezzlement scandal of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), considered the grandest corruption case recorded in Maldivian history.

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