Supreme Court schedules former President Yameen’s appeal case

Former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom escorted to prison | Photo: Sun

Male’, Maldives – Supreme Court has scheduled a date for the case on appealing the verdict to fine former President Yameen Abdul Gayyoom with USD 5 million along with a sentence of five years.

On November 2019, the Criminal Court verdicted that Yameen was guilty of laundering USD 1 million of the government through MMPRC by leasing GA. Vodamula. While a verdict on that case was appealed at the High Court, on January 21, High Court announced that they will be holding the verdict of the Criminal Court. A case was later sent to the Supreme Court on behalf of Yameen regarding this matter.

Supreme Court has announced that the first hearing for this case has been scheduled to be held on September 12 at 09:00am, followed by the second hearing on September 13.

While the former President was sentenced to 5 years in prison and fined USD 5 million in November 8, 2019, President Yameen has currently served more than 400 days of his 5 year money laundering sentence after USD 1 million was found to have been transferred to his account under suspicions circumstances.

After he appealed this sentence at the High Court, highlighting a total of 75 points at the sentencing today, 2 of the 3 judges delivering the verdict supported Criminal Court’s decision.

President Yameen also has other ongoing cases against him. The Prosecutor General is currently charging the Former President of accepting bribes worth MVR 117,000 during the lease of R. Fuggiri for the development of a tourist resort. Along with the Former President, Ahmed Krik Rilhaa of MA.Kurikeelahiya, Male’, is also accused of being involved in the embezzlement of money in the case.

Most recently, the Former President is accused of laundering MVR 15.3 million (USD 1 million) involving the sale of V. Aarah to a foreign party.