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Former President Yameen's trial

Summary
  • Hearing concludes, next scheduled for 4 August
  • Judge rejects two witnesses presented by state
  • Prosecutor's points do not add up: defense

1 month ago

15:24

Zunana Zalif

Hearing concludes, next scheduled for 4 August

The hearing has concluded. Court gave Yameen five days to submit witnesses.

The next hearing will be held on 4 August.

1 month ago

15:20

Zunana Zalif

Judge rejects two witnesses presented by state

Judge Hailam has rejected two witnesses presented by the state, Allam and Ishfah, as they were presented as witnesses after the charges were raised.

1 month ago

15:14

Zunana Zalif

Prosecutor's points do not add up: defense

Yameen's attorneys said that the points made by the prosecutor do not add up and requested the court to reject the two testimonies by state.

1 month ago

15:07

Zunana Zalif

It is "human nature" to develop hatred from how things went: Yameen

Yameen says that he does not believe there won't be enmity between him and Adeeb as he was sentenced under the case regarding the presidential speedboat explosion. He said that it is "human nature" to develop enmity. As such, Ziyath will also have hatred towards Yameen following the measures taken against him during Yameen's administration, he said.

1 month ago

14:56

Zunana Zalif

Adeeb and Ziyath's testimonies will revolve around enmity: defense

Yameen's attorneys believes that the witness testimonies given by former VP Adeeb and MMPRC's former MD Abdulla Ziyath will be based on enmity.

State noted that these are just two of the many submitted as witnesses

1 month ago

14:43

Aishath Shaany

Yameen "challenges" state

Yameen says he "challenges" prosecutors statement that the police investigation was launched after FIU submitted the suspicious transaction reports (STR), saying that he does not believe that the police would have initiated an agreement over the STR

State's attorney noted that there is no obstacle to the police broadening their investigation, as per criminal procedures in the country

1 month ago

14:36

Zunana Zalif

State is after the USD one million, I have kept it as it is: Yameen

Yameen said that the state needs the USD one million, which he has kept as mandated under the law. Thus he does not believe why the charges are being raised against him.

1 month ago

14:33

Zunana Zalif

Ex-Pres of ACC notified that two cheques were deposited: Yameen

Yameen said that he was notified of the two cheques that were deposited in 2016 by then-President of ACC.

"Up til date no institution has informed me that the funds deposited were through corruption. I asked Luthufee to check whether they were deposited illegally. I opened the escrow account on 25 March to make sure I didn't have suspicious funds. I did not deposit said funds to the escrow account because they were investigating its origins as I believe that doing so is unlawful."

1 month ago

14:31

Zunana Zalif

SoF funds were received from Adeeb: Yameen

Yameen said that the funds received through SoF were from former VP Adeeb and that Adeeb had said that the funds had been deposited. The bank had also not notified when the funds were deposited. It must have notified the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) if they were unsure of the funds origins. However it was acquired, they were from Adeeb.

1 month ago

14:27

Zunana Zalif

Transactions not related to SoF: Yameen

Speaking during the court proceeding, Yameen has stated that the Maldives Islamic Bank (MIB) had not notified him that the funds were deposited to his account. He stated that it has no links to Scores of Flair, SoF, the company implicated in the scandal.

1 month ago

14:24

Zunana Zalif

Defense unsure where escrow funds came from

Yameen's attorneys have stated that they do not know where the funds deposited to the escrow account came from and that they believe it was deposited from former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb.

1 month ago

14:21

Zunana Zalif

State refutes defense's claims that charges were raised against constitution

State refutes defense's claims that charges were raised against Yameen against articles 17 and 20 of the Maldives constitution. State attorneys said that more issues were discovered during investigations by police, ACC and the presidential inquiry commission. As such with no doubt, the state has more evidence now. Although investigations are still ongoing, cannot say that it is incomplete even now.

1 month ago

14:14

Zunana Zalif

Judge denies second objection

Judge Hailam has also denied defence's objection claiming the charge does not specify how funds were acquired through corruption; he noted that the law states corrupt practices

1 month ago

14:13

Zunana Zalif

No reason why the case cannot be classified under Criminal Procedure Act: state

State's attorneys says that there is no reason why this case cannot be classified under article 22 of the Criminal Procedure Act.

1 month ago

14:05

Zunana Zalif

State not sure about their suspicion: defense

Yameen's attorneys state that the state is not sure whether Yameen had committed an act of corruption. Lack of adequate time is an obstruction to the trial proceeding.

1 month ago

14:01

Zunana Zalif

State believes the funds were acquired through corrupt practice

State attorneys state that they believe the funds were acquired through corrupt practices and that they must prove their suspicion.

1 month ago

14:00

Zunana Zalif

Specific act of corruption not clear through charges: defense

Yameen's attorneys state that the charges do not specify a specific act of corruption that Yameen had committed. This must be cleared.

1 month ago

13:57

Zunana Zalif

Cannot be deemed a criminal act

If suspicion regarding the transactions is not proven, cannot deem it a criminal act: defence

1 month ago

13:50

Zunana Zalif

Judge denies objection, says can proceed

Presiding judge over the case, Hailam stated that although the state prosecutors have not highlighted a time period, the trial can proceed

1 month ago

13:48

Zunana Zalif

Yameen violated agreement with ACC: state

Funds deposited to the escrow account were acquired from a third party. This was against the escrow agreement made with the ACC

1 month ago

13:47

Zunana Zalif

Against Criminal Procedure Act: defence

Yameen's attorney stated that the accusations do not highlight a specific date or time Yameen committed the crime and thus, is against Article 82 (e) of the Criminal Procedure Act

1 month ago

13:46

Zunana Zalif

Accused of deliberately taking funds via MMPRC

State attorneys accuse Yameen of deliberately acquiring the funds while knowing that the funds belong to the state from Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), as the transaction was done after questioning on 7 February 2017

1 month ago

13:37

Zunana Zalif

Basis of charge

Yameen's attorneys state that the charges do not state a situation that created suspicion or how he was involved in money laundering

1 month ago

13:35

Zunana Zalif

USD 1 million transferred against ACC agreement

The USD one million was deposited to Maldives Islamic Bank accounts under Yameen's name, on 14 March 2017 in a way that confuses it's origins and to benefit from it.

This was done against the agreement with Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), which required Yameen to transfer the funds to an escrow account

1 month ago

13:28

Zunana Zalif

Points noted by the state attorneys

State raised the charges under the regulations stated under the Prevention of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism Act 10/2014

1 month ago

13:25

Zunana Zalif

Points noted by the defendant's lawyers

The defence noted five points; the state is given the opportunity to respond to each point separately

1 month ago

13:11

Aishath Shaany

Hearing begins

Former President Abdulla Yameen at Sunday's hearing. Photo: RaajjeMV

1 month ago

12:43

Zunana Zalif

Yameen heads to court

Yameen has left his residence and is currently on his way to the Criminal Court for his hearing

Yameen heads to court. Photo by RaajjeMV
Yameen heads to court. Photo by RaajjeMV
Yameen heads to court. Photo by RaajjeMV

1 month ago

12:08

Humaam Ali

Trial to begin at 12:45pm at the Criminal Court

The Criminal Court has rescheduled former President Abdulla Yameen's trial to 12:45pm.

The trial will be broadcast live, a first in Maldives' history.

1 month ago

Zunana Zalif

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Aishath Shaany

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Humaam Ali

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15:24
Hearing concludes, next scheduled for 4 August
15:20
Judge rejects two witnesses presented by state
15:14
Prosecutor's points do not add up: defense
15:07
It is "human nature" to develop hatred from how things went: Yameen
14:56
Adeeb and Ziyath's testimonies will revolve around enmity: defense
14:43
Yameen "challenges" state
14:36
State is after the USD one million, I have kept it as it is: Yameen
14:33
Ex-Pres of ACC notified that two cheques were deposited: Yameen
14:31
SoF funds were received from Adeeb: Yameen
14:27
Transactions not related to SoF: Yameen
14:24
Defense unsure where escrow funds came from
14:21
State refutes defense's claims that charges were raised against constitution
14:14
Judge denies second objection
14:13
No reason why the case cannot be classified under Criminal Procedure Act: state
14:05
State not sure about their suspicion: defense
14:01
State believes the funds were acquired through corrupt practice
14:00
Specific act of corruption not clear through charges: defense
13:57
Cannot be deemed a criminal act
13:50
Judge denies objection, says can proceed
13:48
Yameen violated agreement with ACC: state
13:47
Against Criminal Procedure Act: defence
13:46
Accused of deliberately taking funds via MMPRC
13:37
Basis of charge
13:35
USD 1 million transferred against ACC agreement
13:28
Points noted by the state attorneys
13:25
Points noted by the defendant's lawyers
13:11
Hearing begins
12:43
Yameen heads to court
12:08
Trial to begin at 12:45pm at the Criminal Court