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Police summon ex-pres Yameen's lawyer over money-laundering case

Mariyam Malsa
31 December 2018, MVT 16:54
Former President’s Office’s Legal Affairs Minister Azima Shukoor. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/ MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
31 December 2018, MVT 16:54

The lawyer of former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, Azima Shakoor, was summoned to Police Headquarters on Sunday regarding the investigation of alleged money laundering cases connected to former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

Speaking to local media Mihaaru, the former Legal Affairs Minister at the President’s Office confirmed that she had been questioned but stated that no further details could be disclosed as the investigation was ongoing.

While the accusations against her remain unknown, Azima stated that she would provide her full cooperation to the police in their investigation.

As Police regulations prohibit individuals accused of criminal offences from acting as lawyers, it is believed that Azima will no longer be able to remain as Yameen’s legal representative.

Former president Yameen was summoned to the police headquarters on December 15 regarding MVR 22.5 million deposited into his Maldives Islamic Bank account about two weeks before the 2018 Presidential Election. Yameen’s bank accounts, containing assets of over MVR 100 million, have also been frozen in relation to the case.

Acting Police Commissioner Mohamed Hameed recently gave an interview to Mihaaru, revealing that several top government officials might be implicated in Yameen’s alleged acts of corruption. The Acting Police Commissioner asserted that these officials would also be investigated.

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