Ex-Maldives leader gets 11 years for money laundering, bribe

NAM: A court in the Maldives on Sunday convicted a former president of money laundering and accepting bribes and sentenced him to 11 years in prison.
The Maldives Criminal Court also ordered Abdulla Yameen pay a fine of 5 million dollars.
The court found Yameen guilty of receiving rent for an island owned by the government. He ruled the Indian Ocean archipelago nation, known as an exclusive tourist destination, from 2013 to 2018.
It gave him a sentence of 7 years for money laundering and 4 years for taking bribes.
This is not the first time Yameen has been found guilty. In a separate case in 2019, Yameen was found guilty of money laundering and sentenced to five years in prison.
But two years later, the Supreme Court overturned the ruling, saying the evidence at the initial trial was mixed and did not conclusively prove that Yameen laundered $1 million in state money for his own gain. .
Yamen lost his re-election bid in 2018 to incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
During his time in office, he was accused of corruption, silencing the media and suppressing political opponents.


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