Former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb has requested the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations (MMPRC) graft trial to be held live.
Adeeb is currently awaiting trial for seven charges implicating him in the biggest corruption scandal ever seen in the Maldives.
While speaking to the press, Adeeb's lawyer, Mahfooz Saeed, disclosed that a letter requesting the trial be held live has been submitted to the Criminal Court, in order to ensure complete transparency during the trial.
The Prosecutor Generals (PG) office stated that all seven charges against Adeeb are all related to acts of corruption and money laundering involved in the MMPRC from 2014 to 2015, as revealed in the joint investigation by the Maldives Police Service (MPS), the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), and the Presidential Commission. They further disclosed that after the investigation, Adeeb was formally charged on 21st September this year.
Adeeb has been previously convicted for money laundering charges related to the MMPRC graft and sentenced to eight years in prison. However, the sentence was overturned by the High Court leading to prosecutors appealing the ruling in the supreme court who in turn called for the seizure of his passport.
He was found guilty and sentenced to eight years for embezzling USD five million paid to MMPRC as an acquisition cost for Lh. Maabinhuraa island, to be developed as a resort by Kurendhoo Holdings.
Adeeb is currently serving a sentence of three months and 18 days for fleeing the country amid an order to seize his passport.