Ex-pres Yameen transferred to home arrest; warm welcome by supporters

Incarcerated former President and main opposition leader Abdulla Yameen has been transferred to house arrest.

Yameen was serving an 11-year prison sentence for money laundering and bribery, with the opposition maintaining his innocence.

The decision to transfer Yameen to house arrest coincides with a request from Dr. Mohamed Muizzu, the PPM-PNC presidential candidate who emerged victorious in Saturday's presidential election, urging President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to place Yameen under house arrest.

Upon Yameen's arrival at his residence in Male' this afternoon, Yameen was greeted by a large number of supporters. President-Elect Dr. Muizzu, Vice President-Elect Hussain Mohamed Latheef, and PNC leader Abdulla Abdul Raheem were also present. Standing outside his home, Yameen shook hands with some supporters, who were calling for his release.

According to Maldives Correctional Service, Yameen's home transfer is temporary. His appeal case is still ongoing in court.