Maldives high court docket rejects jailed ex-leader’s plea for eligibility to run once more for president

The best court docket within the Maldives has rejected a plea from the nation’s jailed former president that he be made eligible to contest subsequent month’s presidential election

FILE – Abdullah Yameen speaks to the media outdoors his house in Male, Maldives, July 3, 2010. The best court docket within the Maldives on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2023 rejected a plea from the nation’s jailed former president that he be made eligible to contest subsequent month’s presidential election. (AP Photograph/Sinan Hussain, file)

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MALE, Maldives — The best court docket within the Maldives on Sunday rejected a plea from the nation’s jailed former president that he be made eligible to contest subsequent month’s presidential election.

Abdullah Yameen’s legal professionals argued the previous chief ought to be eligible to face within the election as a result of the corruption case that he was convicted of is beneath attraction in the next court docket and there’s a chance it will likely be overturned.

The seven-member Supreme Courtroom bench rejected the plea.

Yameen is at present serving an 11-year jail time period after being convicted of cash laundering and bribery.

Based on the Maldives structure, an individual convicted of a legal offense and sentenced to greater than 12 months in jail cannot search elected workplace till after three years from the completion of the sentence.

Yameen dominated the Indian Ocean archipelago state identified for its high-end vacationer islands from 2013 to 2018, till shedding to present President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

The election is scheduled to be held on Sept. 9.

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