Police asked to investigate ‘spies’ outside Yameen's residence

Former Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom waves as supporters gathered outside his residence on August 2, 2021. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Former Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s lawyers have requested the police to investigate a group of people caught on video appearing to spy on him outside his residence. 

Yameen’s lawyer Adam Shameem told Sun that they became aware of the issue after the videos were posted on media. 

They lodged a formal complaint with the police asking for an investigation last Sunday. 

Shameem said the videos show people ‘secretly’ pointing their phones at Yameen’s residence Dhoovehi, located in Henveiru district of Male’ City. 

Shameem said Yameen had been a target for assassination attempts during his administration, and that the lawyers therefore find the recent development alarming. 

 “It’s clear the threat is high for former presidents here in Maldives. President Nasheed was the target for an attack of this sort recently. He barely survived,” he said. 

Shameem said that according to the recent revisions to the Police Act, the police are required to take preemptive action to prevent crimes. He said that the police have therefore been asked to investigate whether Yameen is in danger. 

“The police are being very cooperative. They said they will also inform the MNDF. That they will take all action necessary,” he said. 

Shameem said the lawyers will keep a close eye on the case to ensure the police conduct a thorough investigation. 

Yameen was found guilty of laundering USD 1 million from the sale of GA. Vodamula  by the Criminal Court on November 28, 2019.  He was sentenced to 5 years in prison and fined USD 5 million. Yameen promptly appealed the conviction with the High Court, which sided against him and ruled to uphold the original sentence on January 21, 2021. 

He subsequently appealed the conviction with the Supreme Court, which is scheduled to begin appeal proceedings in September.

Yameen was serving his sentence in Maafushi Prison, but was transferred to home confinement following an outbreak of COVID-19 at the  prison in April.