President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Monday ratified the amendment, approved by the parliament on December 2, to the Privileges and Protection for Former Presidents Act.
The Act currently bars former presidents and their spouses from the privileges and protection accorded to them, should the former be found guilty of committing any criminal offences during their presidential tenures. This also applies retroactively for crimes committed before the Act came into effect.
However, the newly ratified amendment abolishes the retroactive clause in the Act. While former presidents convicted of crimes committed post the implementation of the Act will still be deprived of privileges and protection, they will be reinstated once their sentences are completed.
Presently, former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom is convicted money laundering, with the Criminal Court sentencing him to five years of imprisonment along with a USD 5 million fine. With the ratification of this amendment, the privileges and protection granted to the former president and his spouse will be cut off until the end of his sentence.