Ex-President Yameen’s hearing cancelled over poor health, bad weather

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 hearing scheduled at Criminal Court for this Wednesday in new charges against former Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has been cancelled.

Yameen has been pressed with additional money laundering and bribery charges. A hearing in the case was scheduled for 01:30 pm this Wednesday.

A spokesperson from the Criminal Court said Yameen requested for the hearing to be cancelled, citing the bad weather and his health condition, making travel difficult.

The hearing has therefore been rescheduled, said the spokesperson.

Yameen is currently incarcerated at the Maafushi Prison, serving a five-year sentence for laundering public funds for the lease of G. A. Vodamulla.

The conviction has been appealed by Yameen with the High Court, which has concluded hearings but has yet to make a decision.