Abdulla Yameen

Ex-President Yameen released after questioning

  • The former president has faced multiple corruption allegations throughout his five-year tenure

Aishath Shaany

K. Male' 2018 Dec 15 | Sat 15:55 1,111 local

Former President Abdulla Yameen at a PPM press conference - Raajjemv

Former President Abdulla Yameen has been questioned by police, over money-laundering allegations.

He presented himself to the police headquarters at 2pm on Saturday, as per the police summon sent on Thursday.

He was released after nearly two hours of questioning.

Speaking to the media afterwards, the former president confirmed that he was questioned over the money deposited to his private bank account during the 2018 presidential elections campaign.

Noting that the police did not make any accusations against him, Yameen said that they had merely questioned him over the matter.

He added that he “could be summoned again”.

A money laundering case was filed against Yameen in mid-September, by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) at the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA).

The former president has faced multiple corruption allegations throughout his tenure, including receiving millions of dollars through Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), the company implicated in the biggest embezzlement case in the Maldives’ history.

The Anti-Corruption Commission had, back in November 2017, confirmed that USD 1 million was transferred to Yameen’s private account through MMPRC.

Al Jazeera had, in 2016, exposed the massive corruption including theft, bribery and money laundering in its award-winning documentary ‘Stealing Paradise’.

On Friday, RaajjeMV broke news that the Criminal Court had ordered a freeze on two bank accounts linked to the former president.

Last updated at: 1 day ago | Reviewed by: Miuvaan Mohamed

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