Abdulla Yameen

Additional order issued to freeze Yameen's bank accounts

  • While the High Court has overturned the first order to nullify the account freeze order, a second one was issued after it expired on March 12

Aishath Shaany

K. Male' 2019 Apr 01 | Mon 14:16 1,474 local

Former President Abdulla Yameen - Presidents Office

While the High Court overturned an order to freeze former President Abdulla Yameen's bank accounts on Sunday, RaajjeMV understands that there an additional order to do so.

Criminal Court ordered to freeze the former president's accounts in December 2018, for a period of three months, over alleged financial fraud during his presidency. Prosecutor General's Office raised money-laundering charges against Yameen, in February.

Police had revealed, in December 2018, that the bank accounts linked to the former president with more than MVR 100 million had been frozen.

While the first order expired on March 12, the second one was issued after the Maldives Police Service (MPS) requested to extend his account freeze.

Police is yet to comment on the matter. However, following High Court's decision to nullify the lower court's order, police said that they "are doing what is necessary" in the matter.

Yameen's legal team have also not revealed any information regarding a second order, including whether they have filed an appeal or not.

While the High Court overturned Criminal Court's order on Sunday, noting that it violated Articles 72 and 73 of the Criminal Procedure Act, RaajjeMV understands that the state will appeal the matter at the Supreme Court.

A few days prior, High Court had released Yameen from detention. While the Criminal Court had ordered to detain him until end of the trial, over witness tampering, the High Court order states that the maximum period of detention in such a case, is 30 days; which expired on March 18.

Last updated at: 3 weeks ago | Reviewed by: Ismail Naail Nasheed

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