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AG Office moves to collect ex-President Yameen's USD 5 million fine through MIRA

Shahudha Mohamed
12 August 2020, MVT 16:12
Former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, arriving to court escorted by officers of Maldives Correctional Service. Attorney General's (AG) Office requested Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) to collect the USD 5 million fine imposed on the ex-president over his conviction in relation to the largest embezzlement scandal recorded in Maldivian history. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU
Shahudha Mohamed
12 August 2020, MVT 16:12

Attorney General's (AG) Office, on Wednesday, revealed that relevant documents were forwarded to Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) to collect the USD 5 million fine imposed on former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

Criminal Court, in November 2019, sentenced Yameen to five years in prison, ordering him to pay a fine of USD 5 million within a six-month period over money laundering charges related to the embezzlement of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), which resulted in a potential loss of MVR 4 billion in state funds.

Yameen was convicted of money laundering over a transaction that involved a deposit of USD 1 million by SOF Pvt Ltd, to his personal account at Maldives Islamic Bank (MIB).

According to a statement released by the AG Office, the Criminal Procedure Code's Section 188, Article (a), requires MIRA to collect the fine as Yameen had failed to meet the deadline for payment.

AG Office tasked MIRA with collecting Yameen's fine under Section 50 of the Tax Administration Act, which states that MIRA can collect fines which are not paid within the required time period, in the same manner that unpaid tax is collected.

Section 50 gives MIRA the option to seize Yameen's assets or land to order the USD 5 million payment, in addition to freezing his bank accounts.

AG Office requested MIRA to collect the USD 5 million, Yameen's appeal hearing for Criminal Court's verdict is currently ongoing at High Court.

In addition, Prosecutor General's (PG) Office had filed two additional charges of money laundering against the former president at the Criminal Court. However, hearings for these two cases are yet to commence.