Press Release

Re: Recovery of Monies Owed to the State by Former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom who was convicted of Money Laundering

 

Former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom was convicted of money laundering by the Criminal Court on 28th November 2019 (Judgement Number: 60/Cr-C/2019) and sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay the State a fine of USD five million within six months of the judgement being handed down. However, due to Former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s failure to comply with the Court’s orders to pay the fine within the prescribed period, the documentation necessary to begin the recovery of the fine amount in accordance with Section 50 of Act No: 3/2010 (Tax Administration Act) was submitted to Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) by the Attorney General’s Office.

Section 188 (a) of Act No: 12/2016 (Criminal Procedure Code) provides that a person who has been convicted of a criminal offence and ordered to pay a fine as a penalty must pay the fine within the prescribed period to Maldives Inland Revenue Authority while Section 188 (c) of the Criminal Procedure Code provides that the relevant authorities shall take necessary steps to recover any outstanding monies owed to the State in accordance with their rules and regulations.

As MIRA is the authority authorised to collect all such outstanding monies owed to the State by virtue of Section 188 (a) of the Criminal Procedure Code and Section 50 of the Tax Administration Act, the necessary documentation has thereby been submitted to them.

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12 August 2020