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Criminal Court summons former President Yameen

Ahmed Aiham
18 February 2019, MVT 13:39
President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
18 February 2019, MVT 13:39

Former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom was summoned to Criminal Court on Monday, regarding the money laundering charges brought upon him.

According to the Court, Yameen is required to present himself at 13:30 hours.

The former president's legal documents were submitted by his lawyers on Sunday.

The former president is implicated in the notorious graft scandal of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), which involved the embezzlement of a staggering MVR 1.3 billion in state funds, acquired via island leases for tourism, through the company.

A private company, SOF Pvt Ltd, deposited USD 1 million to Yameen's personal account at Maldives Islamic Bank (MIB) on November 2015, just months after the MMPRC graft surfaced.

The former president has denied all accusations made by the police, ACC and FIU. He maintained that the funds deposited in MIB belonged to him, claiming that he received it from his former deputy, Ahmed Adeeb, in the form of donations made for his presidential campaign last year.

Yameen is also under investigation for a total of MVR 22.2 million deposited into his bank account shortly before the 2018 presidential elections. FIU reported the matter to the police, outlining the issue of two deposits, one amounting to MVR 10 million on September 5, 2018, and a further deposit of MVR 12.5 million on September 10, made to an account registered at MIB under Yameen’s name.

Furthermore, the police have frozen MVR 100 million in Yameen's bank accounts, stating that questionably large sums of money had been deposited in them during the past five years. Yameen has since appealed the case to the High Court.