Former President Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s lead lawyer, Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed, stated that the opposition leader was questioned by police on Saturday in connection with the sale of V. Aarah for resort development.
Yameen was summoned to the police headquarters on Saturday afternoon. He was brought for interrogation in connection with the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) investigation, according to police.
Jameel told a local news outlet that Yameen was questioned in a case that had already been investigated by the police. He also stated that the case had already been concluded.
Jameel alleged that police appear to be fabricating accusations to prosecute the former president in their decision to restart the case and question Yameen. He also maintained the opposition’s ongoing claim of Yameen’s innocence.
Back in April, police ended their investigation into USD 1 million from the sale of Aarah being sent to Yameen’s personal bank account and requested that money laundering and bribery charges be filed against him by the Prosecutor General’s Office.
Yameen is already serving a five-year prison sentence for money laundering after being convicted on November 28, 2019 of laundering USD 1 million from the sale of GA. Vodamula.
He was serving his sentence in Maafushi Prison until being transferred to house confinement in April due to a COVID-19 outbreak.