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Maldives' defeated president, Abdulla Yameen, accused of receiving US$1.5 million in illicit payments before election

2018-10-03 08:33:18       source:The South China Morning Post

October 3, 2018

The outgoing strongman president of the Maldives, Abdulla Yameen, faced allegations on Tuesday that he received nearly US$1.5 million in illicit payments just before his surprise election defeat last month.

The allegations that two cash deposits were made into a private account in Yameen’s name came to light after local media reported that the Maldivian Monetary Authority (MMA) had lodged a police complaint.

Yameen’s spokesman, Ibrahim Muaz Ali, denied any wrongdoing, saying that Yameen maintained a separate account to receive election campaign funding. He did not confirm or deny the amount of any deposits received.

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