Ex-Maldives leader gets 11 years for money laundering and bribery

MAN: A Maldives court on Sunday found a former president guilty of money laundering and accepting bribes and sentenced him to 11 years in prison.
The Maldivian Criminal Court also ordered Abdullah Yameen pay a $5 million fine.
The court found Yameen guilty of accepting money for the rental of a government-owned island. He led the Indian Ocean archipelago nation, known as an exclusive tourist destination, from 2013 to 2018.
He sentenced him to seven years in prison for money laundering and four years for accepting a bribe.
It was not the first time that Yameen had been found guilty. In a separate case in 2019, Yameen was found guilty of money laundering and sentenced to five years in prison.
But two years later, the Supreme Court overturned the verdict, saying evidence from the first trial contained discrepancies and did not conclusively prove that Yameen had laundered $1 million in public money for personal gain.
Yamen lost a re-election bid in 2018 to current President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
During his tenure, he was accused of corruption, muzzling the media and persecuting political opponents.

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