MALE, Dec. 25 (AP) — A Maldives court on Sunday found the former president guilty of money laundering and bribery and sentenced him to 11 years in prison.
The Maldives Criminal Court also ordered Abdullah Yameen to pay a $5 million fine.
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The court ruled that Yameen received money for renting out government-owned islands. From 2013 to 2018, he ruled the Indian Ocean archipelago known as an exclusive tourist destination.
It sentenced him to seven years for money laundering and four years for bribery.
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This is not the first time Yamin has been found guilty. In another case in 2019, Yameen was convicted of money laundering and sentenced to five years in prison.
But two years later, the Supreme Court overturned the original judgment, saying that there were discrepancies in the preliminary evidence and that it could not conclusively prove that Yamin laundered $1 million for personal gain.
Yemen lost its 2018 re-election campaign to incumbent President Ibrahim Mohammad Saleh.
During his tenure, he was accused of corruption, media suppression and persecution of political opponents. (Associated Press)
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