Lawyers express concern over prolonged verdict in ex-President Yameen's case

Former Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom is escorted back to Maafushi Prison following his hearing at the High Court on July 8, 2020. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

The lawyers for former President Abdulla Yameen who was convicted of money laundering in December 2019, have expressed concern over the prolonged verdict in his appeal case.

Yameen was jailed for five years and fined with USD 5 million which was appealed to the High Court. The Court had concluded hearings in the case in September and all that remains in the case is the verdict. 

A press conference by Yameen’s lawyers today, saw lawyer Adam Asif express concern over the prolonged verdict. He noted that the duration for the sentence in the case as stipulated in the law had long passed.

In the presser, he said that after the hearings in the case were concluded, the sentencing hearing must be held within 30 days. 

“How many 30 days have passed since the hearings in the case were concluded? Who is influencing this? This also has to be looked into.” Said Asif. 

He said that the verdict in the case was being prolonged to obstruct Yameen from obtaining justice. 

Yameen was sentenced after being found guilty of money laundering in the massive MMPRC scandal.