Former President Yameen seeks MVR 2.4 million in privileges for convicted period

Malé, Maldives – Former President Yameen Abdul Gayyoom’s lawyers have filed to secure MVR 2.4 million of unpaid allowances under the Presidents’ Protection and Benefit Act.

In a statement, the defense team stated that the former President had not received the allowance of MVR 100,000 allocated for former presidents to run offices and therefore had filed at the Ministry of Finance to secure this amount for 24 months that President Yameen was convicted.

Former President Yameen was acquitted of the Criminal Court judgement for money laundering unanimously by three justices bench of the Supreme Court on 30 November 2021.

In November 2019, the Criminal Court sentenced 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 upheld the verdict of the Criminal Court.