Malé, Maldives – Managing Director of Sealife Ahmed Moosa (Ammati)’s remand release appeal by prosecution been scheduled at the High Court for 14:00 today, after he was previously released by the Criminal Court.
Ahmed Moosa was released by the Criminal Court after he agreed to not flee from the country and not go outside Malé until the end of the investigation. The Prosecutor General’s Office appealed the case to the High Court expressing discontent over the lower court decision.
The Prosecution argued in their case that Ahmed Moosa is capable of manipulating evidence and may escape while in release. Prosecution added that Ahmed Moosa may be a threat to society and requested remand til end of trial.
However, presiding Judge Hassan Saeed released Ahmed Moosa upon guarantee that the defendant will not leave the capital city and will give full cooperation during the trial. Ahmed Moosa was extradited to Maldives from Sri Lanka via Interpol Red notice on 24 March 2021 by Maldives Police after he disappeared to Sri Lanka previously.
Ahmed Moosa is charged with 42 counts of criminal offences, with up to 65 years of imprisonment if convicted. The prosecutors are charging Ahmed Moosa under articles of the Maldives Penal Code (Law No. 6/2014),
- Section 214, Theft of Services – 12 counts (under Subsection B) and 25 other charges.
- Section 215, Theft by Failure to Deliver Funds Entrusted (under Subsection A and B)
- Section 210, Theft, misrepresentation, Deception, Extortion and Disposition (under Subsection B) – 5 counts.
The SeaLife housing fraud case, which was the subject of the biggest class-action lawsuit in Maldivian history at the time, announced a 3,000 apartment housing complex in 2015 after being contracted by the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) in 2014, and had gotten 280 tenants to pay a booking fee of MVR 50,000 and more per tenant.
However, the complex was never built and none of the tenants were reimbursed at the time, of the more than MVR 14 million, taken as down payment. 203 tenants of the SeaLife housing complex sued SeaLife Global, HDC and the Ministry of Economic Development.
After the lawsuit was filed, the Housing Development Corporation and the incumbent government came to an agreement with the victims for a settlement of MVR 45 million and allocation of flats under a government housing scheme.