Former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, who is serving a five year sentence in jail on money laundering charges, was transferred home on Thursday.
Correctional Services of Maldives announced via twitter that Yameen was temporarily transferred to his home in Male' as COVID-19 was spreading fast amongst the officials in Maafushi Jail, where he is serving his sentence.
However they did not disclose how many days he would be in his home, nor the conditions behind this transfer.
Yameen was sentenced to five years in jail by the Criminal Court on November 28, 2019.
He was convicted of money laundering after USD one million was transferred to his personal account from SOF Company, which was known to have laundered money in the MMPRC Corruption.
He has since agreed to keep that money in Anti-Corruption Committee's (ACC) escrow account. Since then it was proven that he transferred more money to the escrow account and that he falsified the original source of some more money that he transferred to a general investment account in the Islamic Bank.
Both his family and the leaders of Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and People’s National Congress (PNC) coalition have been requesting President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to transfer Yameen home. The coalition have also been gathering on the roads and protesting for the state to make this change as well.
When a journalist asked President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on April 12 if President Yameen would be transferred home for the month of Ramadan, he said "he would not let anything bad happen to Yameen."
The President further stated that he got a letter from the former First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim requesting Yamin be transferred home. He also said that PPM/PNC Coalition leaders had met him the previous week, requesting for a lighter change for Yameen.
There has been more accusations aimed at the former President. While some cases are currently in court, other cases are still under investigation.