A Maldives court ordered the detention of former President Yameen Abdul Gayoom on Monday for the duration of his money laundering trial, following reports he is attempting to bribe witnesses.
The former president of the Maldives was charged with grand corruption, money laundering and theft on Wednesday, the Diplomat, a Tokyo-based news magazine covering the Asia-Pacific, reported.
Abdulla Yameen, the autocratic leader of the Maldives whose rule saw the corrupt handouts of 50 of the country’s islands, was defeated on Sunday in a landslide election that elevated opposition lawmaker Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to power after five years of deepening autocracy.
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Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has dismissed a petition from opposition leaders that called on the island nation’s Supreme Court to temporarily remove him from office and investigate allegations of corruption against him, Al Jazeera reported on Monday.
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