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Ex-pres Yameen brought to IGMH

Ahmed Aiham
19 February 2020, MVT 15:05
Former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. PHOTO: AHMED AWSHAN ILYAS / MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
19 February 2020, MVT 15:05

Maldives Correctional Services (MCS) on Wednesday, brought former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom to the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital

Although MCS confirmed the matter, no further details were released.

Convicted on money laundering charges related to the embezzlement of MVR 3.3 billion from the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC). Yameen is presently sentenced to five years of imprisonment and a fine of USD 5 million.

High Court on February 6 denied Yameen's request for bail before the appeal process for his verdict reaches conclusion.

Yameen, who was jailed on November 28, 2019, claims that his medical complications require treatment from abroad, according to doctors.

Therefore, the judges' bench had asked Yameen to submit the relevant documents to the court for a review.

According to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC)'s publicised report on the MMPRC scandal, most of the stolen funds were siphoned to SOF Pvt Ltd, which made a deposit of USD 1 million 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.

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