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Ex-Pres Yameen's lawyers appeal to High Court

19 February 2019, MVT 17:21
Former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/ MIHAARU
19 February 2019, MVT 17:21

Former President Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s lawyers filed a notice of appeal to the High Court, on Tuesday, over the Criminal Court’s order to detain him the end of his trial.

The former president is being charged for his involvement in the MVR 1.3 billion embezzlement case of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation.

Criminal Court's Chief Judge Ahmed Hailam, ordered to detain Yameen after Prosecutor's accused him of attempting to influence witnesses with bribery.

Nonetheless, it is still unknown whether the High Court has accepted the appeal case.

However, Yameen denied any involvement in influencing witnesses and claimed that he was not aware of the identities of the witnesses

Yameen was interrogated over the MVR 1.3 billion deposited in two separate cheques by SOF Pvt Ltd to his Maldives Islamic Bank (MIB) account on November 2015.

Despite initially refusing to transfer the funds, the former president on March 25, 2018, agreed to deposit the funds to an escrow account held by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

It was revealed that the money transferred to the escrow account on June 10, 2018, came from a BML account under Yameen's name. The state concluded an intent to defraud and evidence to money laundering charges.

Maldives Police accused Yameen of providing false information over money laundering and has been charged over the matter.

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