Former President Abdulla Yameen has presented 18 pieces of evidence for the money laundering and bribery charges pressed against him in relation to the lease of Aarah, Vaavu Atoll for tourism development.
Yameen presented 7 witnesses and 11 documents in his defence at the hearing held by the Criminal Court. Moreover, former MP Yoosuf Naeem, who wascharged with bribery, presented 3 witnesses and 10 documents to the court.
Presiding Judge Ahmed Shakeel concluded the hearing after accepting former President Yameen’s request to hold a hearing next month to provide details on the evidence presented by the defence.
Yameen is accused of accepting USD1 million as a bribe during the lease of Aarah through Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) and laundering the money. Yoosuf Naeem has also been charged with bribery in the lease of Aarah.