Criminal Court

Hearing in President Yameen’s trial set to begin at 1 p.m.

Today’s hearing in the trial of the former President, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom in the charge of money laundering, is set to take place at the Criminal Court at 1 p.m.

At the latest hearing in the trial, the Judge presiding, Chief Judge of the Criminal Court, Ahmed Hailam, said that the next hearing would have the closing statements and will be had on 10 October. However, the date was later changed.

On the previous hearing on 25 September, both sides presented witnesses and evidence documents. At the closing of the hearing, Judge Hailam declared at the prosecution witness statements are concluded and with a defence witness failing to appear at the courthouse, they will no longer be summoned.

The former President’s defence witness, the former Governor of the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) Azima Adam objected to appearing at the court and sent in a letter.

Former President Yameen is charged with money laundering after he transferred fthe one million US dollars deposited to his account by the SOF Company, believed to be embezzled from the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), to a General Investment Account at the Maldives Islamic Bank (MIB) instead of the escrow account with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).