Jailed ex-pres summoned to police

Jailed former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom was summoned to the police headquarters on Thursday.

President Yameen arrived at the police station at 1400 hrs and was accompanied by his lawyer and former vice president, Dr. Mohamed Jameel.

While it has been reported that two new cases involving the former president are being investigated, no details were disclosed on the investigations.

Former President Yameen 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 key witness against the former president during the trial was former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor, who admitted to having been involved in the corruption.

Finding President Yameen guilty of the charges levied against him, the Criminal Court sentenced the former president to five years in jail and ordered him to pay US$ five million to the state after being found guilty of money laundering on November 28 last year.