Ex-President Yameen summoned for questioning at 1:30 pm

Leader of PPM and former Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom gestures during a press conference at the PPM headquarters on December 3, 2018. (Sun Photo/Ahmed Awshan Ilyas)

Former Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has been sent summons to present himself for questioning at the police headquarters this Sunday.

Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) confirms Yameen has been asked to present himself for questioning at 1:30 pm this Sunday.

The specific case Yameen is being questioned regarding is unclear at this point.

Yameen is already under investigation by the police for possible involvement in a money laundering during his presidency. He was summoned by the police for questioning regarding the case on December 15.

The police, in a statement it issued after Yameen’s interrogation, said the agency had noticed a trend of unusually large and suspicious financial transactions made via his personal back accounts during his presidency.

The money in his accounts – totaling MVR 100 million – has been frozen by the authorities.

Meanwhile, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed a case with the police over two transfers of USD 500,000 (totaling USD 1 million) made from a private company to Yameen’s personal bank account at the Maldives Islamic Bank (MIB) three days apart in 2015. ACC has traced the transfers to funds missing in the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) embezzlement scandal.

His attorney, Aishath Azima Shakoor is also under investigation for money laundering.