Maldives ex-president charged with money laundering

Maldives ex-president charged with money laundering

MALE, Maldives (AP) — The prosecutor's office of the Maldives says that it has charged the country's former president with money laundering.

In a Twitter message Wednesday the prosecutor general's office says that it has filed the charges against Yameen Abdul Gayoom at the country's criminal court.

This follows police investigations into $1 million allegedly coming through a shady deal from leasing islands for tourist resort development being found in Yameen's bank account. Police completed investigations last week and asked the prosecutor general to press charges.

Yameen lost the presidential election last September after a five-year term during which he was accused of corruption, misrule and curtailing freedoms.

Maldives is known for its expensive island resorts.

Updated : 2021-02-25 10:55 GMT+08:00