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President Yameen granted 5 days to present defense witnesses, next hearing on August 4

Former President Abdulla Yameen has been granted five days to provide defense witnesses, with the second hearing of his money laundering trial being scheduled for August 4th.

During the preliminary hearing of the case, the state had charged former President Yameen with money laundering and had presented their witnesses to prove it.

Senior Public Prosecutor, Aishath Mohamed had submitted cheque transactions and an agreement between the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) and President Yameen as part of evidence while presenting the case. Additional items in evidence include; President Yameen's statement to the Police, ACC report, A letter, Bank Statement of an account with BML opened under Moosa Zameer's name, Report on Escrow Account, Cheques, President Yameen's statement to ACC, President's Office's letters in addition to President Yameen's financial statement and bank statements.

Witnesses presented by the prosecution includes eight people with former ACC President Hassan Luthufee, current ACC President Muavviz Rasheed, former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb as well as former Tourism Minister Moosa Zameer.

The judge presiding over the case had granted the defense with five days to present their witnesses to counter the prosecution.

During the hearing, President Yameen's lawyer Abdulla Shiyaz had pleaded not guilty and sought time to present and prepare their defense and witnesses.

After granting the defense five days to prepare witnesses, the Chief Judge had scheduled a hearing of the trial for August 4th where witness statements will be collected after which he dismissed the hearing.