Former Maldivian president sentenced to 11 years in prison

MALE, Maldives (HPD) — A court in the Maldives on Sunday found former President Abdulla Yameen guilty of money laundering and taking bribes, and sentenced him to 11 years in prison.

The Maldives Criminal Court also ordered Yameen to pay a $5 million fine.

The court found him guilty of accepting money in exchange for renting a government-owned island. Yameen was president of the archipelago in the Indian Ocean from 2013 to 2018.

The court sentenced him to seven years in jail for money laundering and four for accepting a bribe.

It is not the first time that Yameen has been found guilty. In 2019, he was prosecuted for money laundering and sentenced to five years in prison.

But two years later, the Supreme Court overturned the verdict, stating that the evidence in the initial trial was inconsistent and did not unequivocally prove that Yameen had pocketed $1 million in public funds.

Yamen lost a re-election bid in 2018 when he was defeated by incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

During his presidency, Jameen was accused of corruption, silencing the press and repressing political opposition.

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