Yameen's lawyers allege witnesses pressured to testify

Former President Abdulla Yameen's lawyers have accused the police of assuring witnesses against Yameen in his corruption cases that they would not be prosecuted.

The prosecution has charged former President Yameen with accepting bribes and money laundering in connection to the sale of V. Aarah. Former MP Yusuf Naeem was charged with bribery alongside Yameen.

At a press conference held by Yameen's lawyers on Sunday, lawyer Ali Shah said some police officials had asked some people who have been charged with different crimes to testify against Yameen. He said the police assured them that the charges against them would be dropped if they gave their statements in a specific way. Shah added that he had audio evidence to prove the allegation.

Yameen's lawyers' allegations come while the hearings in Yameen's V. Aarah corruption case were concluded last week. While the summary statements have been heard, the next stage would be issuing a verdict.

Some witnesses that testified against Yameen include former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb and former Managing Director of the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) Abdulla Ziyath. However, Yameen's lawyers have requested that their testimony not be accepted.