AG pursues USD 5M fine imposed on former Pres. Yameen

Former Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom transported to Male' City for questioning by Maldives Police Service on February 27, 2020. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

The Attorney General’s Office has forwarded the case against former President Abdulla Yameen for failure to pay the USD 5 million fine imposed on him by the Criminal Court to the Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA).

Yameen was found guilty of money laundering and sentenced to five years in prison by the court late last year. He was ordered to pay the fine by the court as well.

The case is now on appeal at the High Court. 

Former President Yameen was ordered to pay the fine to MIRA within six months of being sentenced. Yameen is yet to pay the USD 5 million fine.

The date of the payment lapsed on May 28. The government has begun working to obtain the payment after two months. 

Attorney General’s Office is pursuing the payment under administrative tax laws of the nation and forwarded all documents related to the case to MIRA yesterday.

The Criminal Procedure Code also states that such fines imposed for criminal activities must be paid to MIRA within the stipulated timeframe. The payments, if overdue, are to be pursued by authorities under the Code.