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Former president Yameen transferred under house arrest

Mariyam Malsa
14 March 2019, MVT 09:21
Former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom being transported to Maafushi detention centre. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/ MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
14 March 2019, MVT 09:21

Former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom was temporarily transferred under house arrest during the late hours of Wednesday in accordance with medical advice.

Maldives Correctional Service (MCS), confirmed the Yameen's transfer out of Maafushi detention centre following a request from his doctors.

MCS stated that the former president and his wife, former first lady Fathmath Ibrahim agreed to follow behavioural conditions set by MCS.

While Yameen was arrested over money laundering charges on February 18, the Criminal Court issued an order to detain the former president until the conclusion of his investigation and trial.

Following his detainment, Yameen was hospitalized three times and spent a considerable amount of time at Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) instead of Maafush Prison's Special Protection Unit.

Former president Yameen is implicated in the corruption scandal of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC). According to the report recently publicised by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), most of the stolen funds were syphoned to, SOF, a private company which deposited USD 1 million to Yameen's account at Maldives Islamic Bank (MIB).

The Prosecutor General's Office charged Yameen for laundering and deriving a profit from the USD 1 million deposited by SOF to his personal account.

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