Yameen to take part in PPM event scheduled for Friday night

PPM's Leader, former Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. (File Photo/Sun/Ahmed Avshan Ilyas)

PPM’s Leader, former President Yameen Abdul Gayyoom is scheduled to take part in an event scheduled to be held on this Friday.

The event will be held on Friday night, at 8:30pm.

Speaking at a press conference held today, Male’ City Council’s Hulhumale’ constituency Councilor Ibrahim Shujau said Yameen will be addressing the Maldivian people at this event, which is titled ‘Welcome President Yameen’.

“In preparations for this event, we have requested Male’ City Council for permission to hold the event. City Council is very kind. They have granted us the Carnival area,” he added.

Also speaking at the press conference, Chairperson PPM’s Activities Committee Mohamed Ismail said that yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling proves that the current administration unjustly harmed Yameen.

He said that the objective of this event is to facilitate a platform for Yameen to meet his supporters.

PPM has also invited supporters from atolls to come to Male’, to take part in the event. Mohamed Ismail said that this event is special in many aspects.

“I am extending an invitation to as many people as possible. Even residents from nearby islands, if they have the capability to come, I invite them. Our request is that all who wish to attend the event, attends,” he had said.

Yameen was found guilty of money laundering 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 case was heard at the Supreme Court by a three-member bench, composed of Justice Mahaz Ali Zahir – who headed the bench, and Justice Dr. Azmiralda Zahir and Justice Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim.

The Supreme Court ruled to overturn High Court’s decision to uphold the original sentence on Tuesday.