Maldives Ex-President Abdulla Yameen Arrested For Money Laundering

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A court in the Maldives ordered the arrest of the former president, Abdulla Yameen, on suspicion of money laundering.

Mr Yameen, who drew the Indian Ocean island country closer to China during his rule, is accused of receiving US$1 million ($1.4 million) of government money through a private company, SOF Private Limited, which has been implicated in a corrupt deal to lease tropical islands for hotel development.

He denies the allegations.

After a two-and-a-half hour remand hearing, prosecutors sought a court order to detain the former president.

State lawyer Aishath Mohamed said documents showed that Mr Yameen had attempted to influence witnesses and had offered them money to change their statements.

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