PG: Ex-President Yameen will be tried in open court

Former Maldivian President and Leader of PPM, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom speaks during a press conference at the PPM headquarters on February 1, 2019. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Former Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom will be tried for money laundering in open court, says Prosecutor General’s Office.

The Prosecutor General’s, this Tuesday, issued a statement via its official Twitter account, in which it said the agency has not requested a closed hearing for any point during Yameen’s trial at Criminal Court.

“The trial will be held at open court,” wrote the Prosecutor General’s Office.

The decision to try the former Maldivian President in open court deviates from the practice used by the Prosecutor General’s Office during the past five years of Yameen’s presidency when multiple politicians were tried and convicted in closed court.

Many top legal experts have advocated opening and live telecasting trials linked with public interest.

Yameen was charged with money laundering and providing false testimony to State investigators following Maldives Police Service’s investigation into the USD 1 million - believed to be embezzled funds in the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) scam – deposited to his account at the Maldives Islamic Bank (MIB) by SOF Private Limited.

He is currently at the Special Protection Unit of Maafushi Prison, where he will remain detained pending the outcome of his trial.

The court granted the State prosecution’s request to jail Yameen last Monday after reviewing evidence he attempted witness tampering by offering bribes to State witnesses in the money laundering case.