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Maldives arrests ex-leader Yameen over witness tampering | World

Yameen got here to energy in 2013 and jailed lots of his opponents or pressured them into exile 

MALE: Maldives authorities on Monday detained former strongman president Abdulla Yameen after he was accused of attempting to bribe witnesses in his cash laundering trial, officers mentioned.

The arrest got here after a courtroom started a preliminary listening to into allegations that Yameen acquired practically $1.5 million in illicit funds simply earlier than he misplaced his re-election bid in September.

“Prosecutors mentioned that Yameen had allegedly tried to bribe witnesses,” a courtroom official mentioned.

Dozens of the previous chief´s supporters gathered close to a jetty within the capital the place the previous chief was transferred to a police velocity boat that took him to the Maafushi jail after spending 4 hours within the courtroom home, police mentioned.

Lots of the key dissidents incarcerated throughout his rule had been held on the identical jail.

Officers mentioned Yameen strongly denied police allegations that he tried to bribe or coerce witnesses to alter their testimony.

Yameen, who got here to energy in 2013 and jailed lots of his opponents or pressured them into exile, had been summoned to the Legal Court docket Sunday to formally obtain his indictment. He despatched his attorneys in his place.

The courtroom then scheduled a rushed listening to after prosecutors advised decide Ahmed Hailam that Yameen was making an attempt to intervene with witnesses.

Since Yameen´s shock election defeat, all dissidents have returned to the Indian Ocean archipelago and most have had their convictions overturned.

Throughout his five-year tenure, Yameen relied closely on China for political and monetary help as he got here beneath worldwide criticism over his dismal human rights document.

The nation of 340,000 Muslims is now closely in debt to Beijing.

Loot stashed overseas

Authorities consider hundreds of thousands of {dollars} allegedly siphoned off by Yameen could possibly be stashed overseas, and have mentioned that talks are underway with international entities to repatriate any money discovered.

The courtroom has already frozen Yameen´s native financial institution accounts holding about $6.5 million, a call the previous chief has contested.

Final week, an anti-corruption physique got here up with a report saying $79 million was embezzled from state-run Maldives Media and Public Relations Company throughout Yameen´s tenure.

There was no fast remark from Yameen´s authorized crew on the detention order.

The arrest of Yameen got here a day after his chief lawyer and former justice minister Azima Shakoor was additionally charged with embezzlement and serving to her boss to launder cash.

Maldivian police earlier introduced they’d proof linking Yameen and Shakoor to the theft of hundreds of thousands from the nation.

The Maldives was on the verge of being slapped with Western-led sanctions earlier than opposition chief Ibrahim Mohamed Solih received an surprising landslide in final 12 months´s election, campaigning on a pledge to finish corruption within the nation in any other case identified for its luxurious tourism.


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