Former President Abdulla Yameen, who has been detained pending the outcome of his trial, has been transferred to house arrest.
According to Maldives Correctional Service (MCS), Yameen was transferred to house arrest sometime on Wednesday night. Yameen was transferred to house arrest in compliance with the doctor’s orders due to his ill health, MCS said.
MCS said Yameen was transferred to house arrest with some conditions, which both Yameen and his wife agreed to comply with.
Yameen was taken into police custody following the Criminal Court verdict on February 18, ordering to keep him in detention pending the outcome of his trial following the embezzlement charge placed on him for money laundering in the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) scandal.
When Yameen appealed the verdict, closed door hearings were carried out on the case on Tuesday at the High Court. Concluding the only hearing held in the case, the judge announced that if there are no more issues to clarify on the matter, the verdict would be issued in the next hearing. They, however, did not disclose a date for the sentence hearing.
Since being detained, Yameen had been brought to IGMH for consultation on numerous occasions due to ill health.
Since being charged with the MMPRC embezzlement case, MVR 100 million in Yameen’s account was frozen upon the court’s order.