Ex-pres Yameen transferred to Maafushi Jail

Former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom has been transferred to the main state prison in Maafushi.

Earlier on Saturday, Commissioner of Prisons Abdulla Munaz revealed in a tweet that representatives from Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM) would be visiting Male' Prison to meet the former president over a complaint filed at the commission. President Yameen will be transferred to Maafushi Prison later on Saturday as all health assessments and other procedural requirements have been fulfilled, he said.

President Yameen was being held at Male' Prison prior to being transferred to Maafushi Jail.

While a team from HRCM was permitted to meet with President Yameen at Male' Prison, his legal team had stated that he was being held in a cell that was not fit for a former president of the country. A group of supporters protested in front of the prison on Friday night and called for his release.

Former President Yameen was convicted on money laundering charges on Thursday.

He was accused of defying the agreement between himself and the Anti-Corruption Commission, which stipulated the former president to move funds in his Maldives Islamic Bank (MIB) account that are suspected of having been laundered, into an escrow account set up between the two parties. Failing to do so, and moving the funds in question into an investment account, the former president deposited funds from another source into the escrow account.

Criminal Court on Thursday found Yameen guilty of money laundering and sentenced him to five years in jail, ordering him to pay the state an amount of US$ 5 million within six months.