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Ex-President Yameen's lawyers concerned over delay in bail request

Nafaahath Ibrahim
11 January 2020, MVT 21:03
Former President Yameen. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU
Nafaahath Ibrahim
11 January 2020, MVT 21:03

Former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's legal team expressed concern over the High Court's delay in making a decision on granting bail.

A member of Yameen's legal team, former Vice President Dr Mohamed Jameel conveyed a message from the jailed leader via Twitter on Saturday.

In the message, the incarcerated president questioned why the court has yet to make a decision on his bail even after one and half months.

Further, the Tweet stated that the former president should be granted bail, just like any other individual as per the law.

Additionally, in his message, Yameen noted that judicial reform is to ensure the constitutional rights of every individual and providing justice without any delay.

The former president was charged with money laundering over a transaction that involved a deposit of USD 1 million by SOF Pvt Ltd, to Yameen's personal account at Maldives Islamic Bank (MIB).

Although Yameen initially agreed to transfer the USD 1 million to a joint escrow account at Bank of Maldives (BML) with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), it later surfaced that the money Yameen transferred to the account was not the USD 1 million he received from SOF. The funds from SOF were instead deposited in a general investment account at MIB.

The Criminal Court sentenced the former president to five years of imprisonment and imposed a fine of USD 5 million over the money laundering charges.

The High Court accepted the appeal against the former president's 5-year sentence on December 18.

Yameen is currently serving his sentence in Maafushi Prison.

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