The Maldives’ ex-vice president on Thursday testified in open court that he had been an accomplice to his former president in corrupt dealings and said that he knew that a sum of laundered money was transferred to his former boss’ bank account.
Ahmed Adeeb told a criminal court hearing that he has done illegal things on the advice of former President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, one of which was to facilitate laundering $1 million obtained through a corrupt deal leasing out an island for tourist resort development. The company later transferred the money to Yameen’s account, Adeeb said.
The court hearing was the first time both Yameen and Adeeb have faced each other since 2016, when Adeeb, who was vice president, had been jailed for trying to assassinate the then-president Yameen.
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