High Court of the Maldives has scheduled the appeal hearing on former President Yameen’s detention order for 12th March 2019.
President Yameen’s lawyer Abdullah Siyaz tweeted announcing that the High Court has scheduled the hearing.
At the moment, former President is in detention after the Criminal Court ordered to detain him until the end of his trial.
The Prosecutor General of the Maldives is charging him for money laundering after it was discovered that 1 million dollars which was deposited to his bank account was deposited from SOF, a company linked to MMPRC embezzlement case. However, no investigative authority has so far established that the money transferred to the former President’s account was embezzled funds. Following allegations that the money might be funds embezzled from MMPRC, the former President kept the money in an escrow account with the Anti-Corruption Commission of Maldives.
In February 2019, the ACC published their investigative report on MMPRC’s embezzlement case and named 155 people who received funds from SOF. However, the PG charged former President Yameen only, despite him being the only person who handed over the money he received to the ACC.
Many believe that the charges against him are politically motivated and that the government wants to manipulate the outcomes of the upcoming parliamentary election by detaining President Yameen.