Abdullah Abduh Raheem the interim president of People’s National Congress has stated that doctors have advised former President Yameen to undergo medical tests abroad. The tests suggested by the doctors are not available in the Maldives at the moment.
Abduh Raheem made this statement during a press conference held by PPM/PNC at the party’s headquarters today.
Former President Yameen is currently admitted at Indhira Gandhi Hospital. 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.