In a recent crackdown against money laundering in Maldives, a court has ordered the arrest of former president Abdulla Yameen in money laundering and he also had attempted to influence witnesses and had offered them money to change their statements, officials said.
A court official said, said that the former president would be taken to the Dhoonidhoo prison island near the capital. The arrest came after a court began a preliminary hearing into allegations that Yameen received nearly $1.5 million in illicit payments just before he lost his re-election bid in September.
Authorities also claimed that millions of dollars allegedly siphoned off by Yameen could be stashed abroad, and have said that talks are underway with foreign entities to repatriate any cash found. However Yameen has denied the allegations.
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20 May, 2019