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Former President Yameen's trial - 2nd LIVE hearing

Summary
  • Hearing concludes
  • Defendant's questions
  • Defence continues cross-examination...

4 months ago

13:53

Aishath Shaany

Hearing concludes

Today's hearing concludes, court yet to announce a date for next hearing

4 months ago

13:51

Aishath Shaany

Defendant's questions

Defendant: How long was the investigation?

Muavviz: Not able to say

Defendant: How long was the investigation?Which floor did we meet, at the President’s Office?

Muavviz:Second or third, in a separate room

Defendant: How long was the investigation?Is there a possibility that the funds have no connection to SoF?

Muavviz:Investigation shows that the funds belong to the state. This decision was reached after investigating the transactions. Had told defendant not to touch the funds in MIC account, in February 2018.

Defendant: How long was the investigation?Had BML informed that the money was transferred (to escrow account)?

Muavviz:The defendant had informed the commission, had not verified separately

4 months ago

13:07

Aishath Shaany

Defence continues cross-examination...

Defence: Was this investigation carried out as per other such money laundering investigations by ACC?

Muavviz: ACC acts the same, in all cases

Defence: Was former President Yameen’s rights protected during questioning, and were all procedures fulfilled?

Muavviz: His statement was taken to clarify things (not as a suspect), we were not able to do an audio recording of the session as we were prohibited from taking any such equipment when meeting with then president Yameen

Defence:Why is the former president’s fingerprint not there on his statement?

Muavviz: the former president denied it

Defence:Is there a law related to forming an escrow account?

Muavviz: There is not law prohibiting it, we had also sought permission from the finance ministry in doing so

Defence:Did you verify if the suspicious USD one million was in the former president’s account, on the day the escrow agreement was signed?

Muavviz: Had not verified on the day, had done so prior

4 months ago

12:55

Aishath Shaany

Defence cross-examines state's witness

Defence: Were you appointed as ACC president after or before giving statement to police

(Judge Hailam intervenes, asks the motive of question)

Defence: When did you meet the defendant over this?

Muavviz: in 2016, and early 2017, then ACC President Hassan Luthufee was at these meetings, which was held at the President’s Office

Defence: Has the commission ruled that the USD one million belongs to the state?

Muavviz: Looking into the transactions, ACC believes that the funds belong to the state

4 months ago

12:42

Aishath Shaany

Defendant's concern

Ex-President Yameen expresses concern over state’s attorney “speaking without the judge’s permission”

4 months ago

12:39

Aishath Shaany

"MMA sent an STR saying funds were deposited to escrow account through Zameer's account"

Muavviz: MMA’s FIU had sent a suspicious transaction report (STR) to ACC, it states that the USD one million was deposited to the escrow account through ex-Tourism Minister Moosa Zameer’s bank account. The funds were transferred to Zameer’s account by a man named Waseem

Muavviz: The USD one million deposited to Yameen’s account was transferred to an investment account under his name, at MIB

4 months ago

12:17

Aishath Shaany

"Yameen was informed that the funds were obtained illegally"

Muavviz said that when questioned, the former president had said that the funds were obtained through various political activities.

Muavviz: former President Yameen was informed that these were state funds acquired illegally by SoF. He responded that the Ahmed Adeeb (then vice president) had sent him the money.

The ACC president added that the investigation was broadened after questioning the former president

Noting that a escrow agreement was signed between Yameen and ACC, Muavviz noted that the agreement states that the funds to be transferred to this account should be the USD one million in Yameen’s MIB account

4 months ago

12:07

Aishath Shaany

ACC president's statement

While Muavviz noted that he was ACC’s vice president from September 2009 to July 2019, state asked when he noticed any suspicious transactions

Muavviz: It was confirmed in 2016, after an investigation into how SoF obtained state funds. The investigation showed that USD one million was transferred to Yameen’s account in two transactions, in October 2015. Worked to obtain statement’s from Yameen’s bank accounts afterwards, Islamic Bank had shared its statement copies.

Questioned various parties, attempted to take the former president’s statement as well, was only able to do so in 2017

When asked whether there was any money in the former president's account prior to the USD one million transfer:

Muavviz: the account was opened in October 2015 and that the USD one million was deposited in two transactions (of MVR 500,000 each) with the first deposit made six days after the account opened

4 months ago

11:53

Aishath Shaany

ACC President

Court to hear ACC President Muavviz Rasheed's testimony at today's hearing.

Defence had objected to hearing Rasheed's testimony, saying that there is a conflict given that its former President Luthufee's testimony is missing (state noted that Luthufee is out of the country)

Muavviz Rasheed. Photo: RaajjeMV

4 months ago

11:51

Aishath Shaany

Defence's witnesses accepted

Court accepts defence's witness and documentary evidence

4 months ago

11:49

Aishath Shaany

Court to hear state witnesses in two hearings

Defence has asked to present all state witnesses at one hearing, “to protect defendant’s interests” and to minimize the possibility of witness tampering.

Judge Hailam noted that the state requests to present witnesses within two hearings, adding that the court intends to present as many witnesses as possible at first hearing. However, the judge said that presenting all eight witnesses on the same day “will be difficult."

4 months ago

11:37

Aishath Shaany

Defence names Azeema Adam as a witness

Defence names Yameen’s former MMA Governor Azeema Adam

Documentary evidence (2) submitted: MMA statement (second paragraph), a Civil Court ruling on MMPRC, SOF case

4 months ago

11:30

Aishath Shaany

Substantial issues noted by defence, state responds

Defence: Was there any money in Yameen’s account prior to the deposit of USD one million?

State: SoF’s account statements have been shared with the court and defence

Defence: While it is alleged that BML cheques were deposited, has MMA ever said that this was through money laundering:

State: MMA has not said that the funds deposited to Yameen’s account were obtained as such

Defence: is there a verdict against a promissory loan taken from MMPRC?

State: Not aware of such a verdict

4 months ago

11:16

Aishath Shaany

"Politically influenced"

Defence points out that the case is being "politically influenced"

4 months ago

11:15

Aishath Shaany

Defence's issues with Judge Hailam

Defence claims that Judge Hailam presiding over the case is a conflict of interest. When asked how, defence responded that JSC is investigating a complaint against him and asked to form a judges’ bench.

Judge Hailam said that he is yet to be informed of an investigation against him.

Judge Hailam further responded that forming a judges' bench is the chief judge's choice and that he, Criminal Court's chief judge, does not intend to use this as it “is an obstruction to ensuring justice”

4 months ago

11:08

Aishath Shaany

Judge's response

Judge Hailam says broadcasting the trial does not deprive any rights of defendant, and that the decision was made after deliberation within the bench and after forming certain regulations. He added that the defendant was informed that the trial will be broadcast live

4 months ago

11:06

Aishath Shaany

Some points noted by defence

Says charge is in violation of the Criminal Procedure Act; charge form not formed as required in the said act; including addition of a “declaration form”

Lack of a regulation to broadcast trials, notes that this is against basic rights

4 months ago

10:56

Aishath Shaany

Hearing begins

Both legal teams have entered the courtroom, along with defendant former President Yameen.

The hearing begins and is being broadcast live.

Courtroom. Photo: RaajjeMV

4 months ago

10:47

Aishath Shaany

Yameen arrives

Former President Yameen arrived at the court at around 10:39am

Ex-President Yameen arrives for money laundering hearing. Photo: RaajjeMV

4 months ago

10:46

Aishath Shaany

ACC president arrives

ACC President Muavviz Rasheed, named as a witness by the state, arrives at the Criminal Court

ACC President Muavviz Rasheed. Photo: RaajjeMV

4 months ago

10:44

Aishath Shaany

People gather near Criminal Court

People gather near the Criminal Court ahead of Yameen's hearing. Photo: RaajjeMV
People gather near the Criminal Court ahead of Yameen's hearing. Photo: RaajjeMV

4 months ago

10:39

Aishath Shaany

Eight witnesses

The eight names submitted by state as witnesses against the former president

1. ACC's former President Hassan Luthufy

2. ACC President Muavviz Rasheed

3. Former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb

4. Former Tourism Minister Moosa Zameer

5. MMPRC's former MD Abdulla Ziyath

6. BML board member Mohamed Luvaiz

7. BML deputy CEO Mohamed Shareef

8. Mohamed Waseem Ismail

4 months ago

10:36

Aishath Shaany

Witnesses

State's witnesses are to be heard at Sunday's hearing

4 months ago

Aishath Shaany

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13:53
Hearing concludes
13:51
Defendant's questions
13:07
Defence continues cross-examination...
12:55
Defence cross-examines state's witness
12:42
Defendant's concern
12:39
"MMA sent an STR saying funds were deposited to escrow account through Zameer's account"
12:17
"Yameen was informed that the funds were obtained illegally"
12:07
ACC president's statement
11:53
ACC President
11:51
Defence's witnesses accepted
11:49
Court to hear state witnesses in two hearings
11:37
Defence names Azeema Adam as a witness
11:30
Substantial issues noted by defence, state responds
11:16
"Politically influenced"
11:15
Defence's issues with Judge Hailam
11:08
Judge's response
11:06
Some points noted by defence
10:56
Hearing begins
10:47
Yameen arrives
10:46
ACC president arrives
10:44
People gather near Criminal Court
10:39
Eight witnesses
10:36
Witnesses