AP Interview: Maldives ex-president says debt under audit

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed takes a seat before delivering a lecture on climate change in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. In

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed takes a seat before delivering a lecture on climate change in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. In

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed arrives to deliver a lecture on climate change in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. In an interview

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed arrives to deliver a lecture on climate change in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. In an interview

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed takes a seat before delivering a lecture on climate change in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. In

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed takes a seat before delivering a lecture on climate change in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. In

NEW DELHI (AP) — Ex-Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed says the country is seeking to reduce the more than $3 billion he estimates it could owe China, some of which he says came in the form of "ill-gotten wealth" for the previous government of President Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

A close adviser to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and candidate for parliamentary elections in April, Nasheed spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday at a climate change lecture in New Delhi, a day after Maldives' top prosecutor charged Yameen with money laundering.

Nasheed says an investigation of the former president for suspected international money laundering is continuing.

He says it doesn't appear that $3.4 billion in assets were created in the Maldives, and that an audit will determine "what actually came into the country."