MALE: The criminal court of Maldives today found the country’s former president Abdulla Yameen guilty of corruption and money laundering charges related to receiving kickbacks from a private company.
The court said it expects to announce the sentence soon.
Yameen has denied any wrongdoing.
Yameen, who lost power in 2018, was sentenced to five years in jail and fined US$5 million in 2019 for embezzling US$1 million in state funds, which the prosecution said was acquired through the lease of resort development rights.
After his sentencing, Yameen was shifted to house arrest in 2020 but was freed months later.
Since his release, Yameen, the half-brother of former dictator Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, has returned to active politics with a campaign against Indian influence in Maldives, raising concerns in New Delhi.
Yameen is the declared presidential candidate for the Progressive Party of Maldives for an election due in 2023.
Situated close to strategic shipping lanes in the Indian Ocean, Maldives is a focal point for competition between India and China over influence in the region.
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