High Court to rule on Yameen’s jail sentence appeal next week

Former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom | photo: Mihaaru

Male’, Maldives – High Court of the Maldives has scheduled to rule on the Former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom appeal of his 5 year jail sentence on the 14th of January.

President Yameen has currently served more than 400 days of his five year money laundering sentence after he was found guilty of crediting one million dollars that was to be received by the state for the lease of Ga. Vodamula, via MMPRC. The verdict was passed by the Criminial Court on 28 November, 2019.

The High Court has finally scheduled the verdict hearing today to the 14th of this month after Yameen’s defence lawyers, his family and the opposition coalition, consisting of the People’s Progressive Party (PPM) and the People’s National Congress (PNC), have continued to raise their concerns due to the excessively lengthy trial.

Yameen is currently facing additional charges that are of accepting bribes and money laundering, under section 510, part (a) and (d) of the penal code, as well as section 53, part (a), section 5, part (a) (3) and section 53, part (b) of the Prevention of Money Laundering and Financing Terrorism Act of the country.

According to the Prosecutor General’s Office, the additional charges against the former President are regarding a coverup for a USD 1,117,000 bribe taken via a mediator named Krik Riza in leasing of R. Fuhgiri to be developed as a tourist resort.