'Ex-pres urges to continue the struggle against the unfair and dubious legal process'

Lead counsel on jailed former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom's legal team Dr. Mohamed Jameed has revealed that President Yameen urges the members of PPM and the citizens of the nation to continue their efforts against the unfair trial that jailed him.

Jameel made the revelation in a tweet he posted after visiting President Yameen in jail on Thursday.

In his tweet, Jameel said President Yameen urged PPM members and citizens to continue the struggle against the unfair and dubious legal process that was used to silence him. He asked everyone to be wary of unpatriotic elements and to be steadfast in defending the country, its religion and freedoms, wrote Jameel.

The Criminal Court late last month 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.

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.

The verdict has now been appealed at the High Court.

The opposition continues to protest the verdict every night by gathering in front of the PPM Office in capital Male'. The party has stated that they will not cease their protests until the former president is freed.