Maldives’ ex-president Yameen summoned to police HQ for 2nd time in 3...

Maldives’ ex-president Yameen summoned to police HQ for 2nd time in 3 days

SAM Staff,
Former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom talks to press outside Maldives Police Service headquarters on January 6, 2019.

Former Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has been summoned to the Maldives Police Service headquarters for the second time in three days.

A media official from Maldives Police Service confirmed Yameen was summoned to MPS at 2:30 pm this Tuesday.

The official said Yameen was summoned as part of an investigation into an ongoing case, and declined to go into specifics.

MPS has so far confirmed two investigations into Yameen; possible laundering of money transferred to Yameen’s personal bank account which has been traced to the money embezzled from the State in the MMPRC scandal; and possible false testimony to investigative agencies regarding the money.

Speaking to press after he was questioned by police on January 6, Yameen said that neither the anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) nor any other investigative agency has been able to definitively prove the money transferred to his account was part of the funds missing in the MMPRC scandal.

MPS has frozen MVR 100 million in his USD and MVR bank accounts.

Yameen maintains his innocence, and has stated that having a specific amount of money in his bank accounts was not a crime, as he had been Maldivian President, a leader of a political party, and had received contributions for his presidential campaign in 2018.

He was reportedly summoned to the MPS headquarters this Tuesday to sign his statements to the investigators.