The state has appealed the overturning of former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb’s eight-year prison sentence in relation to the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) embezzlement case at the Supreme Court.
Prosecutor General Aishath Bisham confirmed that the appeal was forwarded to the Supreme Court by the PG Office on Monday.
Criminal Court sentenced Adeeb to eight years in prison upon being found guilty of embezzling money owed to the state as the acquisition cost of Maabinhuraa in Lhaviyani atoll, after leasing Kurehdhoo Holdings through MMPRC, into his own personal account. However, on May 30, High Court had overturned Criminal Court’s verdict and ordered a retrial.
The PG’s Office had forwarded the appeal to the Supreme Court after Criminal Court returned the case to the PG Office although they were ordered by High Court to go for a retrial.
Criminal Court had also returned 14 other cases related to Adeeb to the PG Office.
Other verdicts annulled in Adeeb’s case include the terrorism charge levied against him over the presidential speedboat blast and the terrorism charge for possession of a firearm.
Although Adeeb was given a total of 33 years in prison in relation to all the charges, he is currently only serving a 15-day sentence for contempt of court.