Haram verdicts were imposed on Yameen: Shiyam

Naifaru constituency MP and Vice President of PPM, Ahmed Shiyam | Photo: The Voice

Male’, Maldives – Vice President of Opposition party, PPM and the MP for Naifaru Constituency, Ahmed Shiyam stated that the Courts have imposed haram verdicts on former President Yameen Abdul Gayyoom.

Speaking at PPM/PNC coalition event held at GDh. Gahdhoo, Shiyam noted that a verdict on Yameen was imposed on matters that were not investigated and that the trial was also not carried on the charges that were raised against Yameen. Shiyam stated that the verdict was not imposed based on the trial, and therefore, they have decided to call the verdicts that were imposed on Yameen from the lower courts and the high court, “haram” verdicts.

Shiyam also noted that although a long list of the names of those who were involved in the MMPRC corruption was released, the associations are only targeting Yameen.

From that long list, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih noticed only President Yameen’s name. Is the Asset Recovery Commission going after anyone else in that long list containing of about 300 people? Is the Police after them? Are the courts after them? Is the Prosecutor General after them? No they aren’t. They are only running after President Yameen.

Vice President of PPM, Ahmed Shiyam

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.

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.