Civil Court schedules hearing regarding ex-President Yameen’s failure to pay USD 5 million fine

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

Malé, Maldives – The Civil Court of Maldives has scheduled the initial hearing regarding the request filed by the Attorney General (AG) after President Yameen Abdul Gayyoom failed to pay USD 5 million fine as per Criminal Court verdict.

The Civil Court hearing is scheduled at 11:20 on Wednesday, 6 October 2021.

On 28 November 2019, the Criminal Court of Maldives sentenced former President Yameen to a 5 year jail sentence and ordered Yameen to pay USD 5 million to the Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) within 6 months of the verdict.

The AG Office previously informed that a notice was sent to the former President on 26 June 2021 under the Tax Administration Act (Law no. 3/2010) Article 50 (g)(i) to make the full payment within 20 days. While former President Yameen received the notice, no payment was made.

Following this, the state appealed to the Civil Court of Maldives to execute the Criminal Court verdict and obtain the money through the Tax Administration Act (Law no. 3/2010) Article 50 on 24 August 2021.

The AG Office requested the Civil Court to order former President Yameen Abdul Gayyoom to pay the USD 5 million as a lump sum.

The former President’s defence team states that Yameen has not paid the fine as the Criminal Court verdict is being appealed at the Supreme Court of Maldives.