Travel ban order issued against former President Yameen

Former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom joins his supporters to celebrate after the Supreme Court overturned the money laundering conviction against him on November 30, 2021. (Sun Photo/Ahmed Aiman Ali)

Criminal Court has issued a travel ban order against former President Yameen Abdul Gayyoom at the request of Maldives Police Service.

The Police had requested the travel ban order after Yameen was freed from the five-year prison term against him for money laundering, by Supreme Court’s acquittal.

A Police Spokesperson told Sun that Criminal Court had issued the travel ban order subsequent to their request, which was reasoned by court cases involving him.

The travel ban order issued today by the Criminal Court, was for a period of seven days.

Yameen was found guilty of laundering USD 1 million from the sale of GA. Vodamula by the Criminal Court on November 28, 2019.  He was sentenced to five years in prison and fined USD 5 million. Yameen promptly appealed the conviction with the High Court, which sided against him and ruled to uphold the original sentence back in January.

He subsequently appealed the conviction with the Supreme Court, which began appeal proceedings in September. The Supreme Court ruled to overturn High Court’s decision to uphold the original sentence earlier today.